Catching Up Part ll

To follow up my last post.. here is New Year’s through now in (mostly) pictures.

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We planned on a nice quiet New Year’s in, playing Uno on the couch, to be exact. That’s what we did last year and it was surprisingly fun. One of our friends was having a get together though, so we agreed to stop by there for a bit and say hi. Our friend’s new roommate is from CA where fireworks aren’t allowed.. so of course we had to show him how NYE works in Phoenix. We started with sparklers and as you can probably predict we felt like we had to stay for the midnight finale. Our “quiet night in” ended with us closing down the bar behind J’s house at 3am. Oopsie.. ha!

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Finale was literally this x6.. good times.

In mid January J told me about a painting class that he had found online that was a great deal. As in FREE + they gave us a ton of wine goodies + apron to promote/celebrate the launch of a new season of Cougar Town. J and I rounded up a bunch of friends + coworkers and made a bit of a party out of it.

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AmTruck Group Picture.. Not sure who the chick on the far right is. She was quite friendly and hopped in our photo though.. haha!

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Can you tell who is related?

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Entire Group

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Blurry as heck picture of my “masterpiece”.. Please refrain from laughing 😉

After all that fun I followed up January with a month long cold from HELL. SO glad that’s over!

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“The Creeper”.

There was lots of tabloid reading in the bathtub and that was about it other than the bare necessities for work.

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Tennyson is only friendly when I’m in the bath tub. Weirdest cat around.

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He enjoys tea, too. Apparently.

Other than trying to survive the cold of 2014 (I’m a little dramatic.. maybe) + working — most of my spare time was spent planning my Grandpa’s 90th birthday.

He’s been in business for 70+ years, he has a large family and he’s just all around awesome so there were a tonnn of people at his party. I think 100+ showed up.

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Grandpa.

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Guests.

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My favorite picture of the day. They have been friends for 60+ years.

The end of February/ the beginning of March brought a huge increase in business.. like 3X. It’s hectic, but I love it so much.

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Toby inspecting the files & keeping the work place professional. He did this while my best friend was signing a contract to buy her first home.

Other than work, it seems everyone I know was born in February, so there were lotssss of birthdays to attend.

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Literally only a quarter of the birthday people in February.

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And a wine night thrown in for good measure.

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My favorite “selfie” ever.

T and I had a great Valentine’s day evening together. We got with the wedding photographer and finalized things and then he took me out for a really nice dinner.

(No pictures, because I suck).

I surprised him and told him that I am going to be taking his last name. (I was seriously on the fence).

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Not my future last name, but I made something similar to this and wrapped it up for him to open. 🙂

J was kind enough to take me as his date for this quarter’s Cactus League event.

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The venue was gorgeous, as always :-).

Annd this time I’m not making any promises as to when I will be back. I have been pre-writing, so it should be soon. But then again, every time that I say that it never is haha.

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Weekly Goals Link Up + SunShine Award :)

Wow, sorry for the unintended blog vacation there guys. My life turned into one of those “Life Comes at You Fast” Nationwide commercials.. more on that tomorrow though!

Goal time….

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Recap:

Well I made it through the past couple weeks without having a mental breakdown so I think the only goal I set last time was a check! 🙂

New Goals:

1.) Continue Drinking lots of water

2.) Continue with meal planning/eating well

3.) Be more active this weekend

4.) Be active at least 4 times this week

5.) Put the final touches on the house– I’m ready to be FINALLY finished (decorating).

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Sunshine award time!!

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Kayla nominated me on Friday, and it seriously made my day!

Thanks again Kayla!!

Here’s the rules:

A Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose posts brighten your day. Here are the rules-
1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog (above).
2. Link to the person who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award.
5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.
Kayla’s Questions:
1. If you were a Real Housewife, what would your tagline be? If you don’t watch it, I’ll give you an example of what mine would be. “There’s nothing wrong with being classy, sassy, and a bit smart ass-y!”
–I don’t have anything clever for this.. It’s Monday morning. Sorry! Something about the crazy animal woman probably.
2. What is your favorite boy band of all time?
–Backstreet Boys! Duh! I went to their concert when I was in 4th grade and as we were leaving we saw their tour bus leaving the arena. My Dad decided to follow it (along with about 25+ other parents with crazy pre-teens). We followed them to the hotel and saw them get off the bus. Coolest thing ever to a 4th grader haha.
3. Which member of The Brady Bunch can you most relate to?
— Pop culture fail… I never watched it. Marsha? That’s the only name I know!
4. Will you be wearing white now that Labor Day has passed?
–Of course not. I would NEVER do that!!
I don’t look good in white. Therefore I never wear it! haha
5. Nacho Cheese or Cooler Ranch Doritos?
Cheese all the way. Lucky for me the boy likes the others, so if we ever have an occasion where we actually have chips in the house I can pawn them off on him.
6. Describe something about yourself that you secretly love and wish others noticed more.
— Hmm probably my wonderful wit? Can’t you tell with all my answers here? Just kidding.  My creativity.
7. Would you rather be deaf or blind?
–I think deaf… I’m a really visual person. What a hard question to answer!!
8. Maury’s Paternity Tests episodes or Out of Control Teens?
–I prefer my trashy media in the form of tabloids. I can’t stand talk shows, but give me a tabloid and I’m a happy girl! I’m behind though– I have a date with the pool float, drink and stack of magazines this weekend. Wait- is Monday too early to be planning my weekend?
9.  If you could go back in time for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do?
— Oh man.. I would definitely go back in time and buy a lotto ticket with the winning numbers. I’m talking the BIG one.. obviously I’m only going to win once so I am doing this right!
10. Who’s sexier? Larry King or Steve Buscemi?
— Uhg! You are cruel Kayla!! I guess Steve Buscemi.. at least he isn’t on CNN….
I’m going to mix it up with some of the questions I ask:
1.) How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
2.) Sweet or salty snacks?
3.) Where is your favorite place to shop? (for you favorite thing)
4.) What’s you earliest memory?
5.) What’s one thing you’ve been putting off?
6.) 8. First job you ever had?
7.) Why did you start blogging?
8.) What cheesy line do you tell yourself to get motivated for a workout/run/whatever?
9.) 7.  Do you have a lead foot when you drive?
10.) Do you love or hate rainy weather?
And I nominate the following lovelies:
Shannon from Tatlock’s Truth
Carolyn from Fitnasty for Life
Kayleigh from Down at Fraggle Rock
Nicole from A Heart Like Mine
Chrissie from ChrissyLilly
I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!!

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Weigh in Wednesday and Leibster Award

First up Weigh in Wednesday…

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You guys don’t even know how much I wanted to pretend I forgot to take a picture….
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I know I went a little lot crazy last week, but I know I didn’t go 1.4 pounds crazy (approx 5250 cals over)..
either way this gave me some strong motivation to keep myself in check this (long) weekend..
Moving on to bigger and better things.
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Carolyn over at Fitnasty nominated me for my first ever award yesterday. I am so beyond excited!

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Thanks, Carolyn!

Here are the rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves. 
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people (with 200 followers or less) and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!


So first, 11 random facts about me:

1.) I am an only child.

2.) I have been blessed with some amazing friends, and wouldn’t trade them for the world. Not once has being an only child been lonely.

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Small sample of some of my favorite people in the world 🙂

3.) I studied Marketing at ASU’s W.P. School of business. Approximately a year before graduation I had a freak out about if that was what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I did what any sane already stressed to the max human would do and took on a minor. I picked Women & Gender studies and LOVED it. Those were my “fun” classes and the saving grace for my sanity. It was beyond fun to go from the formal, straight laced-ness of the business school to the hippie dippie-ness of the social science school.

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4.) I have traveled to fourteen different countries- and I would love to travel more. Spain and St. Thomas were my favorite destinations though.

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On a Gondola in Venice and on top of the Eiffel tower.. Spain and Island pictures are on another computer!

5.) I have no tattoos thanks to my Dad. I think there are some amazing ones out there, but my Dad practically told me he would disown me if I ever got one. He also doesn’t like piercings.. but they aren’t permanent and I have currently have 8 of those :).

6.) I am obsessed with animals. I have 2 cats and 3 dogs. Unfortunately only 3 live with me, but the others are still my babies. Introduce me to animal and I will likely have a new best friend.

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Accurate. Thanks Pinterest!

7.) I thought my favorite color was purple.. but after decorating a house I looked around and saw purple was no where to be found. I think I subconsciously avoided it for T’s sake :-).

8.) Losing my Grandma was probably the hardest thing that ever happened to me, but it made me reevaluate a lot and appreciate family time and the simple things a lot more.

9.) I LOVE summertime! If I could have sunlight 16 hours a day year around I would be the most productive person ever. I can’t wake up when it’s dark for the life of me! It’s gotten to the point that I have a coffee pot IN my bedroom.

10.) I met my soul mate young. I was an idiot and it took me awhile to figure it out.. but we’re getting married September 20th, 2014!

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11.) I love most kinds of music, but predominately listen to country. I can sing just about every popular (and not so popular) song from the past 30 years.

Fitnasty’s Questions:

1. Beach, mountains or city? That tough, but I am going to have to go with mountains. We take a yearly trip to Crested Butte, Colorado that’s coming up in a couple weeks and I’m dying of excitement!! Can.not.wait!! It’s beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, and everything you could ever ask for.

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Can’t wait for our daily walks down the mountain!!

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would love to see either Greece or Ireland!

3. What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to be a marine biologist. Now I realized I am equal parts fascinated and horrified by the ocean. It’s soo big.. there are things in there humans have never seen before… haha

4. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show? Trash TV.. Real Housewives of OC, Teen Mom, and practically anything on TLC.

5. What would you last meal be?
Oh man.. Sushi.. and my moms crock pot mac and cheese and her pot roast… there’s a reason I’m working on getting healthier here ya know..

6. What’s your favorite season? SUMMER!!!

7. What’s the best piece of blogger advice that you’ve ever received? That’s a hard one.. lots of bloggers have been generous with their time and knowledge. I don’t know!

8. What’s your favorite book of all time? Another almost impossible question. I LOVE the Harry Potter books, love Mary Roach, love Jeannette Walls.. I could go on lol

9. What’s your favorite internet meme?
Grumpy cat. T’s coworker personalizes them to people we know and she’s a total rockstar at it. Hilarious!

10. Who do you look up to?

My Grandpa. He lived though the depression, worked his ass off to keep his family alive, worked his ass off to make something of himself for himself and his family later in life, had a partner that royally screwed him and had to rebuild everything he worked for again at age 50- and did it! (Holy run on sentence).

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11. What 2 famous people (dead or alive) would you love to have dinner with?

I would love to have dinner with Reba and Toby Keith. I’m such a hick.. I ❤ them both though.

Questions to Answer:

1.) What’s you favorite way to spend your free time?

2.) How many siblings do you have?

3.) What food could you never eat again and be completely okay with it?

4.) Whats your dream vacation?

5.) Do you consider yourself an animal person?

6.) How/where did you meet your best friend?

7.) What is your earliest memory?

8.) Which month is your favorite and why?

9.) What two people (dead or alive) would you like to have dinner with? (Sorry Carolyn, I’m stealing this one!)

10.) What is your favorite thing to read about on blogs?

11.) Whats your favorite holiday?

And my Nominees are:

And with that I just realized I read a lot of “bigger” blogs..