Weigh in Wednesday

Well.. at least I am averaging ONE post per week? Ha!

Work + wedding planning + family stuff is officially on a new level of intense. Just when I think work can’t get any busier- it does! I think that I need to quit talking about it already.

Anyway.. diving right in to some link ups:

Pretty Strong Medicine
I don’t have a picture, but my weight this morning was
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NOT the number that I was looking for, but I wasn’t all the surprised. Saturday was an all out party for a friend’s 30th birthday and there was a lot of drinking involved. I’m angry with myself for losing sight of my goals, but it was also good because it was a nice little slap in the face. Nothing like a huge gain to make you realize that “Hey! That wasn’t very healthy!”
Other than Saturday night I have been eating pretty well, so I think a lot of it is water weight thankfully.. I can’t wait to work my butt of this week so that I can see a better number NEXT week!
Soo.. on to the “official” goals/ goal recap:
Fitnasty for Life
1.) Track EVERY bite, EVERY day. No more justifications for eating crappy food either.
2.) Get to the gym a minimum of three days this week.
3.) Drink 100oz of water per day, EVERYDAY!
Fail! I’m keeping these until I get better at them (sorry for the repetitive posts..). I need to seriously work on the justifying (hello 30th birthday) and the gym time.
As far as my plan of action of how to improve?
I bought 10 classes to a women’s “boxing” gym- and once I start going they all have to be used within 30 days. This means that I will need to be there a minimum of 2x per week. I bought the deal for the same friend who just turned 30, so I have some built in accountability there. The other huge plus is the fact that it is literally on my way home and I have to schedule appointments to go. (It’s a 45 minute circuit “class”). I’m really gonna have a hard time blowing this off/justifying just going home. HA!
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I’m planning on writing a wedding planning progress post.. so be on the look out for that soon. Sorry for all the dull diet stuff!
I hope everyone has a great second half of the week!!!

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Getting Real About Making A “lifestyle Change”..

Soo as you can see I’ve been having plenty of fun (and stressful) times.. and being a total dummy when it comes to eating well + working out. I have managed to get in a fair amount of workouts, but my eating has been completely atrocious.

I am really tired of promising myself over and over that “next week” will be different. Along with saying “next week”, I’ve been really good at justifying eating crap because of all the events that have been going on. People keep asking me about “the dress” and I keep telling them that I haven’t started looking. Which is mostly true. I am the type that needs to try on things to see how I like them, and I am NOT taking this body to go try on dresses. I’m too embarrassed. I haven’t even been truthful with people when they ask why I haven’t started looking. It completely revolves around being uncomfortable with myself. (Not necessarily the complete lack of time).

To keep myself accountable I signed up for a myfitnesspal account.. my name is Jeni850. For those of you who use this, would you do me a favor and add me? I think knowing that people I “know” are on there will help keep me accountable :-). Also, any tips or tricks that I should know about on myfitnesspal?

In addition to eating better, I know that I also have to get better about working out consistently. The biggest hurdle for me on this one is my insomnia. I know it probably sounds like an excuse, but I often don’t get to sleep until 2-3 in the morning and then I have to be up and ready for work by 8am. I’ve tried going to the doctor, over the counter meds, teas, avoiding caffeine, reading, hot baths + everything that I can possibility think of and nothing ever helps.. It’s so hard to peel myself out of bed in the morning, but I’m hoping that the sun rising will help me wake up earlier (it’s helped in the past).. If I could just consistently wake up and get to the gym I think that the exercise might help me sleep sooner/better… it’s such a never ending cycle.

Does anyone else suffer from insomnia? What do you do to help yourself fall asleep?

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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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Catching Up

Hey everyone, it’s been a long time. Sorry about that! As usual life got in the way of posting. Don’t worry though, it’s been mostly fun things (along with a few more complicated thing).

Let’s do a quick catch up in pictures, shall we?

Christmas was here (who knew??)

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Me and my favorite coworker, Lily. (who has since quit, sad face).

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The guys built a tire x-mas tree. Yeah, I work in a “junk yard”. Whatever, we can be creative if we want!

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I hosted an ugly sweater contest. Wait.. I mean a ugly/cute sweater contest. Patsy wanted to wear “the adorable sweater” she made in 1991. These were the winners. We had a penguin too?

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This is my manager..

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And this is my 50+ year old coworkers screensaver.

I’m sorry… I HATE twilight. I honestly think that it is the worst excuse at a novel ever written. (This is obviously my opinion, sorry if I offend anyone). I will say that I have a hard time taking her seriously though. Also please note the jar on the desk. I made all my coworkers goodie jars. (and had the intention of writing about it, silly me ;-)). The jars included Christmas socks, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip gloss nail polish and mini lint rollers (from Lorelei).

I had a super blessed Christmas over at my parent’s home.

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I prepared my first ever (on my own) Christmas dinner

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I exchanged gifts with the best of friends

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J’s wrapping/stickers were the best 🙂 He also got me the adorable apron that I am wearing in the previous set of pictures.

D and I got each other the same teacup set… bff much? Or maybe we just shop together too often?

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I ran out of time to decorate, so mini tree it was. Bonus points to whoever can spot the reindeer imposter..

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Toby cat helped me wrap gifts

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I FINALLY got the floating shelves hung (only six months in the making).

All of the snowmen and Santa/the reindeer are from my Grandma’s Christmas decoration collection

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Lori got a hold of this Santa (dated 1969). Once I finished crying I dubbed him Confucius Santa. His poor beard will never be the same.

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Hand painted goblets and k-cup holder from another bestie. How lucky am I??

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Table decorations. The deer are from 1967. How awesome is that??

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Cards from friends and family. Flowers from my love for our 9th anniversary.

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Redecorated our front door wreath

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And to top off an awesome holiday season? I got to spend an entire week with my best friend ever (really my sister). We got started on wedding planning (for real) so I will have some posts up on that soon.

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Retiree nearby who goes allll out for Christmas

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Christmas in Arizona 🙂

I’ve been pre-writing posts, so I’m back.. for real.

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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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Babies??

Happy Thursday everyone!! This week has been such a blur, it’s flown by and crawled by at the same time.

Alex’s get together ended early last nightso I was able to make the company softball game after all. I was glad to go out to support the boys, but I was even more thankful for all the laughs. I work mostly in the admin side of things, so I don’t have all that much interaction with the guys. I truly forgot how fun they are. Last night all the admin people came out (a rarity) and we had fun getting out of the office to cheering them on. My take away for the evening was that my coworkers are actually pretty cool. Who knew? I really need to plan a team building event in a fun & causal environment.

The downside of last night was the fact that I didn’t get home until almost 11:30. The second game didn’t start until 9:45 (it was quick thankfully) and it was around 35 miles home to get home. I usually try to go to bed early and wake up early, but last night and this morning that most definitely did NOT happen. I’ve been taking a sleeping pill to get to sleep, and it was so late when I got home that I was afraid to take it and not be able to wake up in the morning. Sooo… I am now almost caught up with Sons of Anarchy, but I didn’t get to sleep until almost three this morning. Uhg! It was a loooong Thursday!

I’ve always had trouble sleeping, so I try to practice good “sleep hygiene”. This includes no caffeine after 12pm, steady sleep schedules, no screen time less than 1 hour before bed, and other similar stuff.  Well I do watch TV in bed, but I try to follow “the rules”.

Recently I have been having super vivid dreams thought and it’s really kind of freaking me out. So far this week I have dreamed I had a newborn and that I was pregnant.Three nights and counting… and probably the weirdest part of it all was I was actually kinda sad/ disappointed when I woke up baby-less. I’ve told T about it and he says he’s glad I’m having these dreams, which just freaks me out further haha.

He wants kids sooner than me.. Then again he doesn’t have to do the whole pregnancy/ trying to make huge decisions regarding his career to have kids soon either though..

The one thing I do know is that I don’t want a kid before the wedding!

I am actually a couple months past the time that I needed to get my IUD replaced (not worried about it though because Europeans use the same device I have for 7 years- instead of the 5 that the US does). On Monday I called the doctor’s office to see if they could run the device and procedure though my insurance to see how much everything would cost. I’ve been saving $$ wherever I can for the past bit (also why I waited a little longer than the 5 years) because the last time I had this it was close to $600! The doctor’s office finally called me back today and told me that insurance wouldn’t cover the two ultrasounds they do- so I’d have to cover those.. but that insurance is covering the rest. I was so excited to find out that I am only going to have to spend $100 total.

I was excited because I didn’t want to drop a ton of cash on medical stuff, but also because if I’m only spending $100 I won’t feel bad taking it out earlier than 5 years. I’m so cheap! haha. I wish my body would tolerate hormonal birth control so I wouldn’t have to mess with the IUD at all though! Paying $600 for birth control last time painful was painful in more than one way!

In other news- I am pretty sure everyone in the office officially thinks I’m insane now. I went to put the IUD appointment in my phone calendar and as I typed in I-U-D autocorrect changed the letters to K-I-D. The letters are not even close! I started laughing so hard that I had to step out and call T to tell him about it. The autocorrect gods are messing with me big time.

The other weird thing is that my dreams are always most vivid right before I wake up. Based off the little bit of research I have done on sleep cycles I thought that you had to be in the deepest stage of sleep (REM) to dream. It’s weird because I’ve been hitting snooze (bad Jen!) a lot, and as soon as I do I go right back to where I was in the dream. I don’t know if I’m truly hitting snooze in my sleep (and getting up to turn off my actual alarm clock!!) or if I’m out of it when it goes off and I want to know what happens so I go back to sleep??

Is it weird to ask what motivates you all to get out of bed? Really loving you job??

Does anyone pop out of bed or have I just been watching too much TV?

What weight do you give to your dreams?

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The Wedding: Deciding on a Venue & Engagement Photos are in!!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Holy cow, 2 posts in 2 days- it’s a miracle!! 🙂

Picking the Venue:

T has been kind enough to pretty much let me do whatever I want with the wedding,. His one stipulation being that the location has to meets his one requirement.

Can we talk for a minute about how much I want to demand that he tell me what he’s planning?? Surprises make me nervous..

Anyway, in total we went out probably 5 separate days and looked at a total of approximately 20 places. From the beginning I told everyone that I wanted something with character, didn’t want to break the bank, wanted to keep everything local (to be easier on the grandparents) and that I did NOT want a hotel wedding/reception. The is certainly nothing wrong with the hotel atmosphere, I just really wanted something extra unique. (Wow I should crazy).

Pioneer was the first place we looked at and I loved it immediately. T didn’t mind it, but wanted to keep looking to see if there was anything better (and honestly I’m the type that has to see alllllll my options too). My Mom literally liked every venue we went to, and Amy and Beth really kind of trashed it. They thought that it was too hot (we looked in August), too much walking, and basically that it was too rustic. So with that being said we kept looking, and looking.. and looking. We also went back to Pioneer and I got a little nervous when I saw that their onsite restaurant had been closed down. Luckily Shannon is a genius and recommended that I just reach out to the wedding planner and ask what the deal was. I e-mailed Tamra at 8:30 on a Sunday night totally not expecting a response for at least a day and she e-mailed me back within the hour. Major bonus points!

T, Amy and I had breakfast together last Saturday and talked about how it’s really time to start making a decision on this. Amy is pushing us, and even though I hate it in a way I do KNOW she’s completely right. After breakfast we went to go see a hotel that she really liked. It was beautiful, but unfortunately the only thing from my above list that it really was a hit on was being local. Hotel + waaaay expensive is isn’t us.

After we parted ways with her I asked T if he would go out to Pioneer again with me (25 minute drive) and he agreed. So we headed out that way and were surprised to see that it was completely packed! Apparently they have a fall festival/pumpkin patch out there every year and we just stumbled on it to. We decided to pay the entrance fee and go check it out, and I am so so happy that we did!! We had such a blast!

They had all kinds of arts and craft vendors, all the exhibits in the museum open, the blacksmith working, all the animals out, hay rides, the pumpkin patch + all the other typical stuff you would expect to see. Best of all they had a wedding there later that evening, so we got to see what everything would look like in our preferred area.

The “worst” part was all the adorable kids everywhere. T laughed at me when I hit myself in the stomach and told my ovaries to shut up 😉

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In other news:

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS!!!!

Help me decide which ones to use for our save the dates, please?? I love them all! Keiko did SUCH an amazing job, I literally can’t thank her enough. Not only are all the pictures amazing, but she did the photo shoot at 8+ months pregnant. The woman is a machine 🙂

What are your top picks??

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She kept telling me to kick my leg up, not my typical style, but I think it turned out fun 🙂

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My Mom’s favorite! haha!!

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Every left anywhere with a pumpkin and a wedding location?? It’s a bizarre, but awesome combo!! 🙂

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