What a Day..

Blogging two days in a row?? And planning for three! There has got to be some kind of miracle going on 🙂

As I have mentioned in the past- I work two jobs. One is running my own business, and one is helping my Dad run his. To be honest, I really don’t like the industry my Dad works in (large trucks), but I help out because my Dad pretty desperately needs it. He’s been in business for 30+ years and has built a great business, but a lot of his key people have been retiring over the past couple years and it seems near impossible to find good replacements. I work for him because I am legitimately worried about his stress level and health… but my passion lies in selling residential real estate. How cool is it to help people find their dream homes? Or find great investment  pieces? I live for it.

Unfortunately with all the holiday chaos I have been focusing a lot more on my Dad’s business, rather than my own. (I.e. I’ve helping clients I have, rather than doing that + marketing myself to find new ones and grow my business). I took all of yesterday off from my Dad’s to catch up on my marketing and checking in with old clients yesterday and it was so awesome. I did stuff I enjoy all day instead of putting out fires! Yay!

So of course today I was welcomed back with a lovely surprise down at the lot. As I also mentioned in yesterday’s post- we aren’t in the best part of town.. today I came in to find out that we had been burglarized. The burglars stole our service truck, and a SUV that we had in inventory. They messed up our side fence.. and cut locks. They also decided that they were going to hit my 90 year old Grandpa’s lot on the way out. They stole a ton of batteries out of much of his inventory, cut the batteries out of the golf carts that we use to get around the property and drove a truck through his fence.

Not a great thing to start the morning with. I was venting to a friend via text earlier tonight and she asked what was wrong with people.. I wish I knew. Drugs? Some people are legitimately just bad? I HATE that they stole from my 90 year old Grandpa. It sucks for my Dad and I.. but him? Who does that?!?

Based off of the way everything went down it’s kind of looking like either an employee or someone else who is in the yard often did it.

Maybe my guard Border Collie is on to something?

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To top off the day T told me that his check engine light came on. ((On his new (to him) car.)) I asked him to bring it down so that they guys could take a look at it. Apparently some dummy put power steering fluid in his coolant reservoir. What the heck people?!?!

How was everyone else’s Tuesday? Hopefully less dramatic than mine!!

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I’m Back- Liebster + Weekly Goals Week 1

Hey blogland.. it’s been a long time. Sorry about that. As usual I promise to try to do better.. I have so many things to get done that I kind of just feel that I am failing at them all.

Sooo for 2014 I have decided to give up… SLEEP.

Just kidding, kind of.

I have a ton of stuff that I want to write about/document that has happened over the last couple months. It may be a strange holiday blast from the past around here for a bit, so feel free to skip over those posts. I know that I’m over the holidays, so I can imagine that you all are too. Buuut like I said, I want to document them!

Lauren from Another Mom Another Blog was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster so I am going to jump back into blogging by answering her questions. Carolyn nominated me for a Leibster some months back, so if you’re curious about that you can check it out here. I am just going to answer Lauren’s questions because I am lazy like that. 🙂

1. What’s the meaning behind your blog name?

Well I started this blog to document wedding planning and my goal to run 1000 miles in 2012. I ran 500 mines in the last six months of 2011, so I thought it would be neat to run 1000 in 2012. Too bad I completely burnt myself out on running in 2011 though.. Also, I tend to get TOO nostalgic at times and live in the past more than I should. Hence “another mile, another memory”. Plus it’s a lyric from a Dierks Bentley song, and I just love him. 🙂

2. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Oh man! That is such a great question. I think I would want to be something aquatic. I love the water.. a dolphin would be cool. They are super smart, intuitive and playful. Who wouldn’t want to be all those things?

3. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I have a lot.. I think I am more easily annoyed than a lot of people. (Aren’t I so loveable?). I really hate bad drivers and when T picks at his nails with his teeth though. He handles money all day..EWW!

4. What’s your dream car?

Another great question!! I am such a Chevy/ GM girl. I LOVE my SRX, but I would also love the truck from this post as a nice weekend ride for up at the cabin ;-).

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If I had to pick something besides a GM I would probably pick a VW Beetle- the body style before the current one- or an Audi sports car.

5. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

The fact that it forces me to take a little time out for myself? haha no, I absolutely adore the fact that I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing women from all over North America.

6. What is your favorite breed of dog (or cat if you’re a cat person)?

I love both cats and dogs, and really most animals (not reptiles or bugs though!) but if I had to pick I would have to say Border Collie.What a surprise, right? I have wanted a border Collie since I was 12 years old and Lori is everything that I could dream of. She was housebroken at 6 weeks– you tell me that she isn’t a genius?!

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I work in a pretty crappy part of town (for one of my jobs) and Lorelei has picked up an awesome new habit.. If someone she doesn’t like (usually guys) and they come within 10 feet of my desk she goes insane and lunges at them. It’s gotten to the point where instead of anchoring her leash to the chair I had to put a hook on my desk.

Lori is not only smart, but protective. I can’t say she works wonders to make customers feel welcome though..

7. Where do you get your news from?

The internet/ everyday life. It’s really bad, but I can’t stand to watch the news these days. It makes me way too sad.

8. What is something crazy you’ve always wanted to do but never have?

Ooh! Travel somewhere exotic without worrying. I am so neurotic about travel.

9. What was your favorite toy growing up?

Pretty much anything art related. (You would think that I would be able to draw something that actually resembles– ANYTHING). Barbie stuff was always cool too. Interesting how I would up minoring in Women’s Studies in University.. haha.

10. What recipe have you been dying to try but haven’t yet?

Alll the cupcake recipes I have pinned on Pinterest.. some day!

11. What are your goals for your blog?

Easy- be a more consistent blogger!

As far as goals go.. I am going to start back at counting from one for the new year. AND I’m not going to bother recapping my last goals, because it’s been waaay too long.

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I’m going to keep it simple for my first week back:
1.) Drink at least 100 oz water daily
2.) Track EVERYTHING
3.) Get back to the gym at least 2 mornings this week.
4.) Become BFF’s with my day planner- this week is another and I don’t want to forget any appointments.

Lastly, WordPress just informed me that today marks my one year anniversary of starting this blog! Woohoo! I can’t say that I have kept this blog up like I wanted to, but I can say THANK YOU to all the amazing friends that I have made over the course of the last year. I may not update often, but I still enjoy following along on everyone else’s adventures 🙂

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So What Wednesday

I think this may be my favorite link up EVER.

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This week I am saying SO What if…

*  If it’s been hitting the 30’s here at night and I’ve been freezing.. I know that’s a lot of peoples high temp, but I’m a Phoenician and I can’t take the COLD!! That’s why I live in the desert!

* In fact I may have had the heat so high the other night that my sidekick pups ditched me. She chose to hang with T downstairs where he had it cool while he studied..

* I’m still amazed with how well T knows me. I told him that “the best thing ever was going to happen on New Years Eve” and he immediately guessed that my bestie is coming into town. She hasn’t been her in town over a year so he had no real reason to guess she was coming, but he knew!

* I get to spend NYE and New Years with Stephie!!! Oh wait, that’s not a so what! haha

* My dog is so spoiled that she even my coworkers spoil her. Yesterday muffin lady brought her a scarf from Target. What can I say, she knows the way to my heart!

(Pictures of the sad border collie to come)

* I was plotting death of the aforementioned Border Collie this morning when I came downstairs to find that she had shattered my favorite Pyrex baking dish. I left it on the counter overnight to soak, and came down to the mess in the morning. Has anyone ever broken Pyrex? I think it literally shatters into a million pieces. A million pieces that I spent 30 minutes picking up in the kitchen, dining room and living room. Apparently Pyrex shatters into a million pieces and FLYS.

* I can’t stand when people start blog posts with “hey losers”, “hey fools”, or anything of that nature.. SO WHAT if I’m over sensitive to it 🙂

* Everyone is in a super feisty mood today and I’m loving it. Everyone is normally zombie status around here, but today the language is coarse and the jokes are crass. But hey at least everyone looks alive!

* I am technology-ed out. I don’t want to take on anymore social media. I should update my work blog, FB, twitter, website, ect more often but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

*We are down to two rolls of toilet paper (in our 3 bath home..) and I haven’t brought myself to do anything about it until this rather drastic point in time. We literally like five minutes from a Costco, but I am AFRAID to go there… People are crazy!

What are you staying So What to this week?

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Decisons, decisions… Wedding Date and Venue Are Set!

Happy Tuesday everyone!! This week has flown by so far, and I sure hope that we can continue this trend.. 🙂

I wrote last night that I had finally had some wedding news.. I mailed in a deposit check yesterday so I figured it’s quite real and I should post an update. Of course 45 minutes after I published that the coordinator (Tamara) e-mailed me and asked me whether or not I wanted to change the date..

I’d say there are two big decisions to make in early wedding planning… venue and date. Relatively easy, right? Not if you’re me apparently! ha!

The last time I posted about the venue I thought I had everything all decided. T and I originally wanted a September wedding, but everyone in their Mother kept telling us that it would be too hot. So after much debate we decided to “move” (nothing was really committed to it) our wedding date from September 20th, 2014 to October 4th, 2014. It’s only a week, but it made everyone happy so whatever.

I waited a week before I contacted our top wedding venue choice to ask about the date. In the time I was waiting I started to question the venue and whether or not I wanted to do something more formal. (T indulges me and goes along on whatever I want wedding wise as long as he can have his one thing). When I was questioning things we went out and looked at three more venues..

The first place was pretty far out (45 minutes) but it was amazing! T and I both loved it.

It was originally built as a huge custom home, but when the housing market bottomed out here it went back to the bank as a foreclosure. The current owner bought it and made a bunch of changes and turned it into the wedding venue it is now. The venue was a little more than we wanted to spend and a little further away than we would have preferred, but it was so homey and beautiful!

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Pagota where the ceremony would be (look at the mountains!).

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Reception area.

After we walked though everything I asked what dates she had available.. and she flipped straight to 2015! I understand why they are booked out, but dang it! (I was also confused why she didn’t mention that they didn’t have any 2014 spaces left, because it was in my e-mail!)

The first of the other two places we looked at was terrible.. we didn’t even get out of the car haha. The second was pretty, but waaayy too formal for us. It was priced formally too!

Sooo…. I worried about it and worried about it and then decided to just go back to our original date (9/20) at Pioneer.

We told our families 2 days ago and I put the deposit check in the mail. T’s mom was still mad that it was in September, but his Dad told us it’s going to be a beautiful day and we shouldn’t worry about it.

So deposit was in the mail, families told and a decision was made! I felt so relieved lol.

Annnnd then Tamara e-mailed me and told me that October 18th, 2014 had opened up.

At a glance it all seemed to work out perfect! The lawn will be more established and it will have a few more weeks to cool off.. but before I said yes I decided to check the Farmer’s Almanac. There are supposed to be showers that weekend..

Of course I started to worry again.. I asked T what he thought but he was so tired from work that he was falling asleep at like 7:30. I know he was trying to care, but he just wants a damn date. (and I don’t blame him!)

If it does rain we have a back up plan for the ceremony and reception space, but I worry about getting them decorated in time..

(Can you see the trend here? HINT- I worry. a lot.)

Tamara wanted an answer that night (another bride wanted whichever date I didn’t), but I asked if I could e-mail her first thing in the morning and she said yes.

I talked to the BFF and thought about it and I don’t think the date would have opened if it weren’t meant to be.. Do you think I did the right thing??

Yes, I know I sound like a total lunatic. I also know that things won’t go perfectly, but I also don’t want to be set up for trouble!

If you’re married- What’s the one thing you would change about your wedding if you could?

If you’re single and plan on getting married- What is the one thing you want in your wedding and won’t settle for?

If you’re single (or not) and you don’t plan on getting married- Congratulations! You’re saving yourself a lot of stress! haha!

Until tomorrow.. 🙂

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Weekend Recap.. On a MONDAY!

Okay, it may be Monday evening.. but at least this weekend recap is on the correct day! haha

Last weekend was another “chill” weekend and I couldn’t appreciate it more. I really think I’m a bear or something.. once it’s under 60 degrees I just want to hibernate.

T and I spent time together on Friday evening and it was awesome. We had fun just doing nothing and laughing..love moments when we aren’t rushing to the next appointment/chore. T had to work Saturday and Sunday so I extra appreciated the time. When we were in school together he worked every weekend for 6 years in a row.. now he only has to work once a month and I hate it when it’s his turn. It’s amazing how fast you can get spoiled!

We went and did some wedding stuff on Thursday (more about that tomorrow) so we sat down and FINALLY made some decisions on that front. Saturday I spent the entire day in my PJs catching up on work stuff.. it feels so good to be ahead of the game again.

On Sunday we were supposed to run the Hot Chocolate Run.. I was pretty much recovered from my cold, but T was still battling it. I feel like a chunp for skipping it, but it was in the 40s, we were still coughing, and I couldn’t sleep the night before. I think I finally fell asleep 90 minutes before I should have gotten up. With all that being said + the fact that we were going to have to skip everything after the run to get T to work in time I made the sleep induced decision to skip it. Excuses, excuses..

After work we headed out to T’s sister’s home to celebrate a late Thanksgiving and my day improved drastically.

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Probably the least flattering pics I have posted on this blog yet.. Please ignore my cold medicine haze. I promise I was past the contagious stage and cuddled Maddy safely 🙂

I spent a good portion of the evening hanging with Maddy.. I am so freaking in love with this little girl. I hope that I have a baby as laid back as she is.. she hardly cried the entire night and she was totally off her schedule.

My lovely sis-in-law is busy growing our next niece/ nephew. The gender reveal party is January 10th.. I can’t wait to find out what she’s having :). Much to T’s chagrin my prediction is a boy.. Me and Luke’s (bro-in-law) brother were the only ones to predict correctly that Maddy was going to be a girl. So we shall see I guess.

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How was your weekend? Great I hope!

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Is anyone else super thrown off with which day it is today? Just me? I’m blaming the cold meds..

As I mentioned yesterday I have been battling a cold I got from T over the weekend.. I’m the worst sick person ever. I always hear people complain about how annoying men are when they are sick.. I’m pretty sure I’ve complained at least twice as much as T did when he had his cold. Sorry T, thanks for tolerating me 🙂

I had a couple meetings this morning that I couldn’t reschedule so I went to those and then took the rest of the day off. I don’t spend much time home during the day and I’ve made some interesting observations so far:

* The birds in our neighborhood are insane.. it appears that our pool is the neighborhood watering hole.  There are three different pairs battling it out now.

*Vanderpump Rules is surprisingly entertaining.. or maybe that’s the cold meds talking again?

* Lori had to stay home while I was running to my meetings (a rarity) and she’s been completely clingy since I got home. I did take an advantage of it though and taught her a few new tricks. She knows how to sing and dance now. 🙂 Literally. Win!

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Exhausted.

I now understand why the upstairs couch cushion is covered in fur.. It’s Toby’s favorite spot to sun himself.

Hot tea in the middle of the day is amazing.

I should probably quit watching trashy TV and do something productive now.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Weekend Recap.. X3

Hey Everyone.. sorry I went MIA once again. Funny how life gets in the way of blogging 🙂

The title of this post is pretty misleading, I am only going to recap one weekend. The weekend of the 16th, it was fun and I want make sure I remember it!

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Dirty Girl 5k- 2013

This was the second year that I participated in the event, and it was very different but still lots of fun. I think the changes were mainly due to safety. Little E almost died last year.. and I am not even exaggerating. She’s tiny and a larger (normal sized? lol) woman bounced next to her on one of the huge inflatables and E almost flew off the side. I actually hurt my ankle pretty badly on one of the rope obstacles too. This year was more regulated,  less muddy and ropey, but there were significantly fewer injuries too.

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Did I mention the water was FREEZING?

I pushed myself and did ALL the obstacles (I don’t do heights..) so I was pretty proud of that as well :). It helped that I run with a couple coworkers and a couple more came to cheer us on.

After the race we got cleaned up and headed over to another friends baby shower. It was a co-ed shower, so I enjoyed the fact that the guys had to suffer too. (Can you tell I’m not big on showers?). I enjoy giving gifts.. but they dumb games wear on me a little. This particular shower had some interesting games though. T won “pin the sperm on the egg” and J won the guess the belly circumference one.. T let me pick the gift and I got a $20 Micheal’s gift card though. Woo! lol

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Cutest little photobomber around 🙂

On Sunday morning we went on a horseback ride at one of the venues that T and I looked at. The place is AMAZING, but it’s tucked back on a dirt road and about 90 minutes out of town so we ruled it out.

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The horses we rode were BEAUTIFUL and really sweet. I wanted to steal the girl I rode.

T rode a BEAST of a horse..

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The guide holding him is my height (5’9)..

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My dad got to ride his favorite kind of horse too 🙂

Our guide was pretty awesome too. He gave us the Arizona tourist spiel, and even though we are local it was cool to hear. Mainly it was awesome to just be out in the desert, enjoying the breeze and doing nothing at all.

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There are all kinds of arrowheads, hieroglyphics and old Indian hide outs around the area.

The place we went has a old time town set up (read more here). So we stopped there and had lunch and played games. There was horseshoes, hatchet throwing, shooting, archery, roping, and a few others.

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Annnd the last two weekends we have spent in, with family or nursing colds. The season change has officially hit Phoenix.. finally!

How was your weekend?

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