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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Weekend Recap.. A Day Late

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am such a rebel- posting a weekend recap on Tuesday afternoon. I impress myself 🙂

Last weekend was so much fun, but definitely one of those weekends that you need another weekend after the fact to recover from. Does any one else enjoy lazy weekends as much as I do? As in you need a minimum of one a month?

Between commuting, working two jobs, maintaining friendships and the normal day to day stuff I just never get to housework on weekdays. I try to clean as I go, but I NEED those weekends to catch up! Who has the willpower to deep clean grout on a Wednesday night?? Not me! (I wish I did though!)

Friday started out pretty low. I drove 40 miles to attend my Great Aunt’s funeral. She was ill and we knew it was coming, but it still didn’t make it much easier. After the funeral I went and picked up T and I’s race packets for the COLOR ME RAD. After that 20 mile trek I headed into my other job. Luckily for me Friday traffic was pretty light so I made it in in 40 minutes. After work, I spent rest of the evening cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping and running other random errands.

Saturday was the fun day! We got up and drove out to Goodyear to participate in the Color Me Rad 5k. We underestimated how long it would take it get there and we ended up getting to the race three minutes after we were supposed to start running. The race times were a little confusing- I signed up for the 9:30 wave originally. About 2 weeks before the race I got an e-mail saying that all the waves would be starting at 10. Then I got another e-mail saying go with you original time. Then I decided to check out the times online and they had them scheduled for 9:20 and 9:40. All the confusion really worked to our advantage though- we fell in with what I think was the 9:40 wave (who started early).

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Starting Line from a distance.

This was the first color run type run that I have participated in, and I have to say out of the 5 races I have done it was definitely my favorite. I didn’t train much (aka not at all), but I surprised myself and ran a good portion of it. T is/was recovering from a chest cold, so for the first time ever I was even faster than him :). I’ll take what I can get here people!

All of the runners were excited and all of the volunteers were great. The police who were working the event were all cool and cheering everyone on as well. There were a ton of adorable kids (ahhhhhh!) One of my favorite parts of the run was when one of the motor cops let some little girls “color bomb” him and then let her and another little one sit on his bike for a photo- op. Community relations was out in full force and I was loving it.

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After the race we rushed home to clean ourselves up and wait for the cable guy. Did I mention that have cable again? I am a little too excited about it I think! haha. I’ve missed watching my trash tv… I’ve been referring to myself as (pop) culturally irrelevant, and [maybe] sadly it really wasn’t an exaggeration.

The cable guy was actually supposed to come last weekend, but Cox forgot to put the work order in so it got pushed to this weekend. My lovely mom was kind enough to come hang out at our place for a bit in case we didn’t make it back in time. We were luckily that she was willing too, because he beat us by about 10 minutes.

The tech that came out and installed it was really strange.. When T and I pulled up in the driveway he completely glared at us and grunted at T when he asked him if he would like a water bottle. The guy was in and out of the house, so we just let him go about doing his own thing. T was in the backyard and me and my mom were in the kitchen. She was sitting with me while I did dishes, and after 15 or so minutes I realized the dude was just sitting on out couch watching Saturday afternoon football. He didn’t leave until he got a call from his next customer asking where he was. The whole thing was sooo weird!

After the weird cable guy left T and I hung out for an hour or so and then it was time to get ready for Cactus League.  Cactus League is T’s company event for all the employees who have had outstanding numbers that quarter. T has made the last nine events, but didn’t make this one due to being responsible for a new team. The company always goes all out and makes sure that the events are amazing. Luckily for me I have made friends with pretty much all his coworkers and I have the best fiance ever. Soo I ended up going to T’s company event with J and E while Trent hung out at home and watched UFC fights un-harassed by me.

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My man date and I. Is it just me or does this photo remind anyone else of a modern American Gothic?? (Maybe I should mention that I am sitting in a rocking chair?) haha!

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My lady date and I.

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I always look like the Jolly Green Giant next to cute, petite E.

So T was watching UFC.. or so I thought. One of our friends Grandmother’s recently passed away and I asked her to shoot me a text when she felt like hanging out because I haven’t gotten to see her in the month or so since it happened. While I was out she sent me a text saying she was out. I asked her where and she said with my husband! Ha! It was then that I found out T doesn’t like UFC as much as he thought and got bored so he decided to go out.

After the event I met G, T and T’s family out at the grill that they all frequent. It was a fun night, but there were definitely too many drinks involved for my old [term used loosely] body. I was super excited to see G though, and glad to see that she was doing relatively okay.

Sunday morning I woke up bright and early at 8am (ha!) to put together the brunch I invited my mom and Amy to. We had a lovely girly morning of brunch and bridal magazines.

After brunch T and I had a class at a local painting studio. The class was byob, but we were pretty boozed out from the night before. About halfway through the class I realized that T is actually a really good artist. I also realized that maybe I should have brought booze, because I suck at painting and I’m pretty sure it would have only improved my painting! haha

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T’s painting. I’ll share my weight on the internet, but not my lack of artistic skills.

On Friday T won basketball tickets through work to a Phoenix Suns game, so after our class we headed out to that. The tickets were pretty much court side and included full access to the Blue Moon Club. This weekend was packed and unbelievably fun, but not good diet-wise.

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I know it’s Tuesday, but how was everyone’s weekend? Good I hope!

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Remember That Time We Finally Went to The MIM?

T and I have been living in our current home for approximately 6 months. Prior to that he’s lived in AZ for 13 years, and I’ve lived here.. oh.. my entire life.

Approximately 3 years ago the Musical Instrument Museum opened. T and I drive by it practically everyday, and yet we have never been. The “MIM” is where Phoenix’s “high society” hang out.. probably why we haven’t been.

Saturday night was T’s quarterly awards dinner**- and it was held there so we got to check it out. My favorite exhibit was Toby Keith. I ❤ him.

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I always see interviews talking about how massive he is. I was surprised to see the jumpsuit- it actually looked like it would fit, and maybe be small on T. I read online TK is 6′ 3″, I guess he just has a larger than life personality? 6′ 3″ is tall, but not a giant by my standards.

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This band organ/ thing was pretty cool. It was massive- as you can see- and it used to be in dance halls. It has all the instruments incorporated into it and weighs over 2 tons.

I always have to laugh a little when I see an accordion. My Grandma used to play one and my Grandpa loves to talk about how she stole his heart by playing it. I don’t think accordions steal many hearts these days.

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T pointed out that this totally looks like it is out of Shrek.

Another highlight was the room they had full of instruments that patrons could actually play with. We had that wing to ourselves. Needless to say a group of slightly tipsy adults + Caracas, xylophones, gongs, ect = a good time.

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T on the harp. Note the awesome 90’s earphones around his neck. Also note the girl standing behind him looking at him like he’s nuts. Believe it or not this is him after one beer- he’s just a goof.

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I obviously couldn’t be out done..

I loved the GONG/Gong stand. It was so ornate and beautiful. There was a random girl (someones date) who was way intoxicated wandering around telling people she “loved the DONG and had they seen the huge BONG?”. Fun times haha

**Award’s night is also know as our quarterly date. T and I never go on formal dates, so I threaten him and his team into doing well at work- because you better believe I’m not going to miss my 4-time a year date thanks to their under preforming butts. Kidding. Kind of. The place they work at springs for some AWESOME awards nights. Think go karts, FANCY ($200/ plate) dinners, random buffalo farms 90 minutes away with chartered buses to get there.. all kinds of cool stuff.