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Van Gogh & Vino + Weekend Recap

Yes, I do realize it’s Wednesday and that the weekend recap is coming a little late.  Oh well…that’s life sometimes.  In any event, we had an AWESOME weekend.  Friday night, Megan and I went to Van Gogh & Vino.  Van Gogh & Vino is a painting studio for all ages and skill levels.  They offer painting classes and private parties for any occasion.  You get to paint and socialize in a relaxed setting as they teach step-by-step artist instructed classes.  That being said, check out how awesome this experience was:

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This was waiting on me when I got there.

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Bring your own wine means I bring on the classy.

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Everyone gets to write their name on their apron.

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And voila! Check out these masterpieces.

Everyone in the class paints the same scene.  You can of course paint yours the way you like but since I was a virgin at this, I followed the instructor step-by-step.  My masterpiece is now placed in the living room as a Christmas decoration.  I might put it on eBay after the holidays…starting bid at $450,000. Whatcha think?!

But seriously, if there is something like this in your area, DO IT.  I can barely draw a smiley face–but check out what I did here.  You really can follow directions and come up with something not so terrible.

Saturday morning, I taught Ripped Ride and ate some lunch with Matt at the house afterwards.  Then we got ready for our first annual Friendsgiving at Presley’s house.  We had a really fun time, as always.

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We ate, drank, and then the girls tried to escape and make it a girls’ night.  We were home within an hour.  Can we say old?  It’s actually really depressing.  But I know for me, I’m not good with spur of the moment plans.  If I’m going out, I plan for it like all week long.  Is that insane?  I guess I have to put myself in that frame of mind.

Sunday, we were completely lazy and it was awesome.  We got our Christmas decorations up and bought our cat children a new play thing.  It seriously made my day.  I know, it doesn’t take much.  But the best part of the weekend was just the fact that it wasn’t so fast-paced like the usual weekends.  I need to make sure I don’t try to cram so much into a 2-day time period.  I end up getting stressed and not giving myself any down-time.

Last night, I taught Ripped Ride and guess what?  I remembered my pants! Success.  Instead of posting my playlists from this weekend here, I have updated my other pages.  Check ’em out.

Well, happidy humpidy.  We shall chat soon!!

 

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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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Who Run the World?

Well, duh.  That’s obvious.  That is also my way of dropping a hint about our routine for Dancing With the Aiken Stars. Next Thursday is the big day!!  We have been practicing A LOT lately.  Last night, we practiced from 8-10.  Since I had time to kill in Aiken and didn’t want to make the haul home, I met Megan and her boyfriend at our favorite sushi joint…

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As you can see, I was really trying to get loose for practice 🙂

Last night, we started trying some lifts that we are going to add to the end of our routine.

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I also thought I would share these shots with you.  These are some bloopers from our filming and interview we did for the show a few weeks ago.  Yes, I really do feel like a star.  

DWTS bloop 2 DWTS bloopThis has honestly been an amazing experience.  Yes, it has been extremely time consuming and expensive.  But it has been worth it.  I am actually really pumped about our performance next week.  And this event raised over $100,000 for 2 local charities last year so I am eager to see what this year brings!!

I did teach spin Tuesday night and here is the playlist I used:

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Yes everyone, I have fallen in love with Spotify.  I’ll elaborate more on that later.  But I really feel dumb for not listening to my fellow instructors about this one—a million times easier, cheaper, and way more fun than using iTunes!!  (Sorry Apple, still love ya)

Is anyone else really late to the Spotify train, like me?!  Hope y’all have a great Friday…I’m still trying to catch up from being out for the race last week!!

 

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“I run from the dark, the dark, the dark…”

If you sing that to the tune of Lady Gaga’s Applause, it sounds awesome.  Last night, I got home from work a little after 6:00.  I had decided that I was going on a date with the pavement and a bad ass playlist and nothing was going to stop me. I was actually in the mood for running and I was ready to bring it.  I knew I needed to get going quickly, though, because it is starting to get dark earlier.  I know I might seem tough, but I’m a sissy when it comes to being in the dark…alone.  I headed to the Greenway, which is a paved trail that literally runs from one side of our city to the other.  This was fine and dandy for ohhhhh, about 5 minutes.

I was already booking it because I knew it was going to get dark pretty quickly and I wanted to at least get in 5-6 miles. Well that wasn’t happening outside.  I ran almost a mile and started to get really spooked so I turned around and hauled butt back to my starting point.  I ended up running my fastest 1.5 miles yet (right at 14 minutes) simply because I was running out of sheer terror.  And okay, 1.5 miles in 14 minutes might sound pretty crummy to most of you but I’m a 10 minute miler all the way around.  So I was impressed with myself…especially considering I haven’t been training like I should be.  I came to the conclusion that if my next half-marathon (November) was run in the dark and complete silence, I would come in under 2 hours (not).  But seriously, some of you can run in the dark.  I, on the other hand, can’t handle it.  It’s a great way to push yourself though.

Since I hadn’t been able to get my 5-6 miles in on the pavement, I hurriedly drove over to Gold’s Gym which was like 5 minutes from where I was running.  I quickly got on the treadmill and turned out another 3.5 miles.  So all in all, I got 5 miles in last night.  I actually felt great about it.  I suppose the adrenaline running through my body from running in complete terror carried over to my efforts on the treadmill and I booked it.  I really enjoyed my run last night.  I also love my music.  Here is my go-to playlist right now…I just hit shuffle and go.

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There may be a duplicate song or two up there…just means I really like it 🙂  I was happy to get in a run longer than 3 miles because that’s all I’ve had time for lately.  Time…schedules…ugh…that’s a story for another day.  I hope y’all have a great Thursday…It’s a busy day for me after work.  DANCE PRACTICE!

PS.  I don’t know how some of you handle running in the dark.  Even if I had a flashlight, I’d still be terrified.  Kudos to you!

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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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Time to Regroup & Refocus.

It’s almost that time of the week…half way there.  I am super pumped for this weekend.  Not only am I running my first race since my last half-marathon in February, but we are headed to Athens to see the Bulldogs play.  Basically, that means I have to run a quick 5K and get my butt home and in the shower ASAP…it’s a 12:30 game!  But that’s alright…we will make it in time to tailgate for an hour or so and then we can hit downtown Athens after the game.  This game is a way for us to celebrate a friend’s birthday…so I can’t wait for Saturday.

Since this is my first race in 7 months, you can guess what I haven’t been doing…if you guessed running, I’m buying you a cheeseburger.  The last time I hit the pavement was about a month ago.  So yeah, this oughta be an interesting race.  I did come home from work today and decided I would get at least 3 miles in to make sure I wouldn’t actually die on Saturday.  I made 3.17 miles.  But I won’t tell you my time.  

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It wasn’t terrible but definitely not what I’m used to.  I have a feeling, though, that I’ll get my butt in gear on Saturday.  Races always push you a little harder.  

Speaking of races, it really is time to get my butt in gear.  I have a 5K this weekend, the Pretty Muddy Mud Run in October, and then a half-marathon in November.  Yep…it’s time to start training…I’m totally behind.  I guess I keep thinking that since I’ve done it twice before, I can do it again.  But what I’ve found out about running is once you stop, or slow down, it’s hard as HELL to get yourself back together.  I really hope the 5K this weekend will give me the motivation to start getting some long runs in.  Otherwise, the Savannah half is going to be a comical disaster…

Last night I taught Spin30…here’s my playlist and what I looked like aftewards:

photo (4)photo (51)Not that you necessarily care what I looked like afterwards…I just have a thing about pictures.  And I wanted to prove that I sweat like an overweight football player.

By the way, I have started posting updates to my Spinning page on the blog so check it out from time to time for playlists and routines.  I’ll leave you with this flattering photo…this is how I decided to relax after work, running, and dinner. A little homemade wine while sitting in the bed ain’t never hurt nobody 😉

photo (34)How did you relax tonight?  And if you didn’t, make a date for yourself this week!

 

 

 

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A Time for Anniversaries.

“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”  Romans 12:21

Before I can even begin to talk about myself, I have to recognize the obvious anniversary of 9/11 that we remember today.  I found a quote on one of my favorite Facebook pages this morning and I couldn’t say it any better myself… “As we pause today to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, let’s commit to honoring their courage and sacrifice by doing all we can to make this world a better place.”

I remember my grandparents saying stuff like “I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the day JFK was killed.”  Never in a million years did I think I would have a moment like that myself.  And it still isn’t over.

On a much lighter note, Matt and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary yesterday!

photo (50) photo (48)Remember what I always say…any reason to show off wedding pics is a good reason 😉  It’s hard to believe it has been 2 years since we tied the knot.  I feel like we’ve been together forever anyway…it’s just been legal for 2 years.  Matt and I met in 2001 so we have basically grown up together.  We celebrated BIG (kidding) by going to get Japanese for dinner. A full belly and two glasses of wine put this girl to sleep by 10 pm.  Seriously, 10 pm.  We are in our 20s.  What’s wrong with us?!  In any event, it was the perfect way for us to celebrate our day. And since we were all alone yesterday, this is the best picture I got of this dashing couple…

photo (47)I promise, better pictures will come.  I started this thing last year where we take a picture each year on (or around) our anniversary with either the date or the year.  These pics will be in their own special album that way we can reflect on the gazillion years we will inevitably spend together.  Thanks Pinterest 😉

And no!  I didn’t work out on our anniversary.  I mean duh…it’s basically like having another birthday.  Who does that…but I did promise my playlist from Monday night’s Spin30 class and here it is:

photo (3)I really will get around to posting routines to all these playlists I post.  Sorry, life gets in the way.  Tonight is very special for our family because we get to watch our first family member ever play a college sport!  My cousin Gracie attends Lander and plays volleyball.  She’s awesome.  Can’t wait to see her play!

Hope y’all have a happy hump day 🙂  Do you have any family members that play college sports?

 

 

 

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