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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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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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So, what is a sprint?

After I tackled another lovely Monday at the office, I taught a 30 minute spin class at Oxygen.  Here’s the playlist I used (not including the cool-down):

photo (8)Yes, I do realize I have some of the strangest names for my playlists on the planet.  Who names their playlist “Octoba?!”  The same girl that has one called “Summaaa Runnin'” and I can’t forget about “Spring Fevaaaa,” followed by embarrassing emojis.  Anyway, after class, I decided I needed to get some running in for the day.  I really wanted to run outside because the weather was feeling perfect but since it is getting dark earlier, I decided to head over to Gold’s and hit the treadmill.

I promised Matt I would be home by 8:30 for dinner so I was only able to get in about 3.5 miles.  I tried to make the most of it, though.  Which brings me to my next (first) question…what is a considered a sprint?  The fastest speed I hit last night was 7.4.  I have no idea if that’s good or bad.  But it felt good to me and it felt SAFE.  I’ve gone up to 8 before and thought “you may be that girl that slips and busts her face open in the middle of the gym.”  So I felt good at 7.4…not comfortable, but safe.  To me, that was a sprint.  I would run about a minute at that speed and back it off, over and over again.  So, was that sprinting?  I really have no idea.  I’m hoping you can guide me a bit here.

This morning, poor Matt had to get up for a 6 am meeting on his day off.  There was a good side of this though…he brought me home a sausage biscuit.  Big girl added a slice of cheese to it and put it in the microwave.  How could I say no?  He was being considerate…

So yeah, I just wanted to throw that random piece of information out there. Sausage biscuit.  I know, I floor you with my life.  Please, do tell, what’s the weirdest name of a playlist on your phone or iPod?!

 

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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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Weekend Roundup

This was a post I had planned for yesterday but considering our computer was severely testing my patience, I gave up!  So happy Monday everybody.  Here’s a recap of our weekend…

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Birthday girl is bottom right in the black shirt.

Friday night involved a surprise 30th birthday party for a coworker.  Her husband and 2 of our coworkers had this all planned out and they did a phenomenal job at keeping the entire thing a secret.  The birthday girl’s sister and niece from New Hampshire came and surprised her as well!  She was absolutely shocked.

The party included a DJ which meant I had to show off my skills…

PicFrameWhy must all of these pictures capture me in the most awkward poses?

Oh well…that’s me.

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photo (30)I have absolutely no idea what song we were singing but we were obviously pumped.  Matt didn’t make it to the party, unfortunately, because he had to work late and after a 12-13 hour day, I can’t blame him for staying in to get some rest.  Saturday, we were up and at it to go see my cousin play in a volleyball tournament and then we headed to another cousin’s baseball tournament.  It was a day full of family time and sports and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Havird is #1 because well, it’s obvious, he’s #1 🙂

photo (28)After the festivities, Matt and I headed home for a nap.  We had plans to go to his buddy’s house and watch some football but honestly, we were pooped.  After a short nap, we decided we were going to lounge around all night and do absolutely nothing.  I even had a going-away party to attend for a former class mate and I never made it.  We had other friends invite us out.  But we just decided we needed a break.  We don’t take those very often and it was definitely necessary at this point.  And to be honest, I felt amazing when I got up for church yesterday.  We literally laid in bed and slept on and off for like 12 hours.  It was awesome.  And I feel really rejuvenated and ready to take on the week.

Well, it’s time to get in the game and tackle the workday.  I’m teaching Spin30 tonight and going CostCoing…yay!  😉  Hope you guys have a great Monday…did anyone else decide to give themselves a break over the weekend?

 

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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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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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