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Let’s Catch Up…

I miss you guys.  I’ve been MIA all week–we are under some serious stress at work right now with deadlines next week. And I’ve had something going on every single night this week.  Monday, I played bartender at a Halloween event.  Just call me fancy…

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Spooky Screwdriver

Tuesday night I had filming for Dancing with the Stars.  You know how they do in the real show…they show video footage of practices, interviews, etc. Remember that horrible picture I complained about so much?  The photographer may or may not have totally hooked me up before posters were printed…thanks homie.

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“Hunks and Hairspray”

Wednesday, dance practice.

Last night, spin class.  Here’s my Halloween playlist that incorporates ‘regular’ music too…this is from set-up to cool down.

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Oh and I have to throw in a photo of the cutest clown you’ll ever see…

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This is my niece Chloe.  She lives in New Mexico right now but her mommy sent us this photo last night.  Sassy pants!

And tonight, last but certainly not least, is my special night.  Okay, it’s been my special day since 5 am when my husband woke me up saying “Happy Birthday” (thanks babe).  Yup, it’s my birthday.  The big 26.  I’m officially in my late 20s. No, I don’t say mid-20s anything.  This is it.  And yes Presley, enjoy the next 5 months of your youth…

I have so many topics jotted down that I want to discuss but I just can’t find the time right now to dive in.  I have some birthday festivities tonight, thanks to my amazing cousin Megan who coordinated everything, a wedding tomorrow night, and dance practice Sunday.  I hope you will hear from me soon!  Happy Friday!

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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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Trying to spin it all INTO control…

In my last post, I mentioned “time…schedules…ugh…that’s a story for another day.”  Well guess what y’all?  It’s ANOTHER DAY!  And I’m ready to tell that story.  Like most of you, my weeks are usually planned ahead of time. There never seems to be enough time.  I thought once I got done with grad school, free time would just be never-ending for me, since I was used to never having any. What I have learned is that all the time I spent in school and thought I would have as free time just gets filled up with other things.  As I type this, I know that sounds like duh…it is your free time, Logan.  You fill it up with what you want. Yes, that’s true.  I am the controller of the almighty calendar.  Basically, I spread myself WAY too thin and it gets incredibly exhausting.

With the position I hold at work, I’m expected to be active in the community.  I like to be active in the community–it’s just the people and things that get pushed to the wayside so that I can be active that eat at my soul.  I am a Chamber Ambassador, a member of the local Young Professionals group, on the events committee for a downtown development association, now I’m participating in this Dancing with the Stars deal, not to mention the fact that I work full-time, teach spin classes, and oh yeah, I have a husband, a family, and friends that all want to be part of my life (and I want them in my life).  Most of the Chamber and Young Professionals events are on Thursday nights, when I want to be at home group. I hate to have to tell my home group that I can’t come talk about the Lord because I’m busy schmoozing with other professionals.  BUT, I know I have control of that.  I guess my problem is getting a grasp on that whole saying “no” thing.

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Yesterday, for instance, I worked all day, changed at work and got dolled up for our Dancing with the Aiken Stars program pictures, then went to dance practice. What time did I leave my house yesterday?  Ohhhhh, 7:30 am. What time did I get home?  Hmmmm, around 10 pm.  I never ate dinner and Matt was ready to go to sleep when I got home, hence, we barely spoke all day.  I know there are people that do this all the time.  Yes, I’m used to it because I did it for almost 2 straight years while in grad school.  But I miss being home.  I miss Matt.  I think about how I haven’t snuggled with my cat-children lately.  The house is a wreck. Here’s the million dollar question–How on earth could I manage all of this AND have a child?  Ha, not happening.  So when people want to know what we are waiting on…I mean just think about everything I said.  I barely have the energy to take care of myself.  Much less a little squirt.  The thought completely overwhelms me.  Yes, it is my choice to participate in these events and be on these committees.  I basically have no idea what point I’m trying to reach here.

Oh, what about working out, Logan?  What about half-marathon training?  Yes, please tell me how that is supposed to happen.  I have a wedding rehearsal tonight, we are going to Clemson tomorrow for the game which will be an all day affair, I have a church event to work from 12-1 on Sunday, then a 90 minute spin class from 2:30-4, dance practice from 5-6, then Sunday dinner.  Oh and I’m supposed to sleep too.  Check email, put out fires, all that good stuff. I think what bothers me is when people say “there is NO excuse.”  Pardon me, but yes the hell there is.  I have definitely been lazy when I could have been productive. I won’t deny that.  But aren’t we allowed to be lazy?  Oh, and I don’t even cook my husband dinner because I’m NEVER HOME.  Thank God it doesn’t bother him that he doesn’t have a hot meal waiting on him when he gets home from work.

Our first Clemson game together.

Our first Clemson game together.

I think it all goes back to that post I wrote about priorities a while back.  I haven’t quite gotten them all straightened out but I’m working on it.  First and foremost, I am going to have to start saying “no” to some of this work stuff.  The fact that Matt called me yesterday and asked me when I would be home and I said “probably 10” and then he said “gah, you are spreading yourself to thin, I miss you” really bothered me and made me feel all fuzzy at the same time.  He’s right…I spread myself way too thin.

Oh!  Another thing I wanted to complain about today…to all you ladies out there: are we really expected to handle all of the parental relationships for ourselves and our significant others??  God knows I love my family and my in-laws, and this isn’t me throwing Matt under the bus, but is it normal for the ladies to have to handle everything when it comes to making plans with them?  They just want to spend time with us which is GREAT (it could be that we have parents that don’t give a rip).  But it is immensely overwhelming to think that I have to manage all of those relationships and if I say “no” to any of them, I take myself on a guilt trip.

Sorry, this was incredibly long-winded.  But it’s something I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time.  It sounds mostly negative-I know.  I am grateful to have a busy life and people that care about me.  And I’m totally looking forward to my busy weekend.  Again, I’m not sure I made absolutely ANY sense here.  Thanks for hanging in there with me anyway!

Happy Friday!!

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3-Day Weekend Recap + Picture Fail.

I was about to say “Happy Monday” until I realized it’s Tuesday.  It is my Monday–one great thing about the banking industry is federally reserved holidays.  I has a massage for breakfast yesterday, Rhinehart’s for lunch, and a pedicure for dinner.  All out pamper fest.  I don’t know what got into me.  I had a certificate for the massage.  And I really just wanted to enjoy the extra day off exactly how wanted to.

This weekend wasn’t exceptionally thrilling but there were a few exciting moments.  Friday night, we ended up at Chili’s with our friends, Bess & Chunky. Saturday morning, I got ready for a sweet girl’s 1st birthday party.  Her cake was super cute!

photo (62)And no, surprisingly I did not indulge in cake OR cupcakes.  Wasn’t in the mood. Which actually troubles me. Anyway, I left the party a little early so I could meet up with Allison.  We went to Columbia to meet Presley and Aubrie for a girls’ night.  We were all actually supposed to be in Atlanta this weekend to run the Pretty Muddy Mud Run but for whatever reason, the race was cancelled.  So we opted for a night out in Columbia instead.  I’m usually really good at making sure we get group photos.  That being said, this is the only picture I have from Saturday night…

photo (63)Thrilling.   I know.  I think one of the girls was trying to get in some good stretching before the night kicked off 😉  I have absolutely no work outs to tell you about becaaaause there haven’t been any.  I do plan on doing some things around the house after work today and then going for a “long run.”  We will see how long that run goes.  The right ball of my foot is really hurting me today.  It’s been bothering me for about 2 years now.  I’m sure if I went to an orthopedist, he would tell me to quit wearing heels.  I’m sorry but I find it pretty difficult to be a woman in the business/professional world and not wear heels–and I’m a girlie girl at that.  I wear heels almost every day during the work week.  But anyway, my foot has been bothering me more than normal lately.

So yeah, that was my exciting 3-day weekend recap.  Have you ever had a problem with a constant, nagging pain in the ball of your foot?  I’m hoping that running isn’t making it worse…

 

 

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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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Let’s Get Personal…

This is probably the most personal post I’ve ever written.  Not sure how I feel about opening up this much but hey, I need a therapy session and I’m broke.  So here goes…

This weekend was full of fun times, let downs, fun times again, let downs again, and then some reflecting on my part. Friday was so much fun.  We celebrated Bess’ birthday and everyone had a great time.

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Disregard the burrito eating. Boys and pictures…

As you all know, I was supposed to run a 5k Saturday morning.  Well, I’m not going to get into the details but we had a family emergency that kept me up half the night and the race never happened for me.  I also ended up with a dead cell phone and no charger so I didn’t wake up in time to tell my friends that were running with me what was going on.  I literally called them 6 minutes before the race began.  They were completely understanding but I was a basket case all morning.  I felt like I had let my friends down.  It seriously ate a hole through me.  I know that things happen.  And that’s what I have to remind myself…things are going to happen that are out of my control.  There is nothing I can do and I have to learn a better way to deal with that.  After balling my eyes out and running around the house thinking I could make it to the race in 6 minutes, I hung up the running shorts and knew I had failed…at least that’s how I felt. Then I began to obsess about “what would I say on the blog?”  “What do I tell people who ask how the race went?”  I came to the conclusion of who freakin’ cares.  I don’t have to explain anything if I don’t want to and so now here I am trying to explain…oh the irony.

Despite the madness and tears, I also had other people depending on me and Matt to go to a football game.  So I hopped in the shower and out the door we went.  I’m glad I had to keep moving; otherwise, I would have probably been a cry baby all day and just brought myself down more.  The game was fun.  It just rained practically all day and kinda put a damper on the day…

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Thankful for dresses like this…they dry quickly!

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The stands started emptying out when the rain got heavy…

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Rain or no rain, still my favorite place on earth.

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Matt–the ultimate creepy photobomber.

photo (59)After the game, we found a good spot to eat and decided to head on home.  We had every intention of being 20-somethings in downtown Athens but we were tired, damp, and ready for clean, comfy clothes.  Matt and I ended up in bed at 8 pm and didn’t move until around 10:30 the next morning.  We have done that for the last 2 Saturday nights and I can truly say it feels awesome.  It’s quality time together and we get to recharge for the week ahead.  

Yesterday, I went through another inside-Logan’s-head-battle and finally cried enough to convince Matt to make me breakfast 🙂  The inner battle I constantly face is people-pleasing.  I don’t want this post to get too long so I am going to focus on priorities more next time but I think I really need to evaluate who I place in my life and where I place them. Right now, this is what I believe the pecking order looks like:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Matt
  • Me
  • God

Work and gym fit in there somewhere too.  Probably around the “me” line.  But this is what I believe my pecking order should look like:

  • God
  • Matt
  • Me
  • Family
  • Friends

I focus so much on making sure other people happy that I don’t focus on what’s actually important in my life.  I don’t focus on the one person who should get my full attention–my husband.  I’ve always been a people-pleaser and I have always cared way too much about what people think–did what I say hurt their feelings? Did what I say make them mad?  Did me cancelling that plan hinder my friendship with that person?  Yes, people should care about those things to an extent but I OBSESS about them.  Some people don’t care about that stuff at all. Anyway, I don’t want to get into this too much in one post so until next time…does anyone have any advice?  Or does anyone understand where I’m coming from?  Come on y’all, this was totally a pity party post…make me feel better 😉

On a positive note, I’ve had a great Monday and I hope you have too.  And one thing that has kept me positive today is something a friend told me yesterday…don’t dwell on what you didn’t do right today or if you didn’t do enough–focus on how you can make tomorrow better.  

 

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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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