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March 30, 2012

Lady Bloggers + Q&A Video

Happy Friday!  I can genuinely say I’m ready for the weekend.  I haven’t been home enough to straighten up the house this week and it’s driving me nuts.

Since when did I actually look forward to spending a full Saturday cleaning?  Maybe it’s because I’m 1 Year away from my 10 Year Reunion, ie: getting older.

Central Florida Lady Bloggers

Wednesday night I had the pleasure of meeting with Orlando’s finest Central Florida Lady Bloggers.  This was the first time I’d ever attended any kind of blogger event, and I have to admit I was a bit nervous going into it.

What if they don’t like what I write about? What if they don’t get the name? What if I don’t feel qualified to be talking with them?


No requirements for attending the event, except to be a woman who blogs, tweets, or takes an absorbent amount of pictures of food. ;)

The meet up was at a fairly new Mexican restaurant in Thornton Park called Mucho Tequila & Tacos. The girls were very welcoming and I instantly recognized a few faces from blogs I’ve already been following.

Central FL Lady Bloggers March 2012

I met a great group of creative women who write about everything under the sun.  If you’re a lady blogger and know of a group that meets similarly in your area, I urge you to get involved.

Thank you, Carolina for sharing this picture!  She did a wonderful job of sharing the blogs and bloggers in the group on her Central Florida Lady Bloggers at Muchos post yesterday.

I had a delicious skinny margarita, chicken fajitas, and a fantastic time.


My chicken fajitas were fresh and plentiful.  I was satisfied with two at the restaurant, so I boxed up the rest for the next day’s lunch.

Muchos leftover fajitas

*Health Tip: When dining out and seeing the portions are large, decide right then to only eat half of it.  Turning one large meal into two smaller ones saves money and calories.

Running for Beginners Q&A Video

I haven’t vlogged for a while, and saw a few related running questions in my inbox as the perfect opportunity to get back to it.  If you like this format of answering your questions, I will make more Q&A videos every month or so.

Let’s go over the basics of what you need to know to start your running journey, shall we?

Here are a few related posts for more information:

Running Outside

Running Shoes 101

Running Shoe Insoles

Setting a Fitness Goal


Half Marathon Training


Have you ever voluntarily attended an event where you knew no one?

Any more running for beginners questions?


March 29, 2012

1 Year ’til my 10 Year

I got an invite via Facebook for my 10 year High School Reunion yesterday.

—> Excuse me while I go cry in the corner.

Aspen cares

REALLY?! Has it already been that long?

It’s only been 9… but still.  The fact that plans are in the works for our 10 year high school reunion just seems crazy to me.

(Let’s re-visit this in a minute.)


Kashi waffles in peanut butter and apple butter

I couldn’t decided what I wanted on top of my Kashi waffles today.  Finally I smothered one in peanut butter and one in apple butter, then topped them both with a sliced banana, chia seeds and drizzled all natural mango honey.

I’m loving this honey we bought at a Farmer’s Market about a month ago.

Morning Coffee and a side of all natural mango honey

When Scott gets back we’ll have to go again to pick out another flavor.

PS: It goes without saying that any breakfast I post here is accompanied by a large cup of coffee.  I don’t really picture this a lot, but it certainly happens.

1 Year ’til my 10 Year

Scott and I just went up to Arkansas for his something past 10 year high school reunion.  I was a decade younger than everyone, without kids, wearing a summer dress on the coolest night of the month. I definitely wasn’t the most comfortable person there.

Luckily, after a few hours of small talk and a few rounds of drinks, a dance party started and we ended up having a blast.

Scott's High School Reunion

Why does everyone cringe when they hear the phrase high school reunion?

I’m certainly guilty of it, and can’t figure out why.  High school was high school for me… it wasn’t really good or bad.

We all go through different walks during those four (mostly awkward) years, and everyone leaves with a different experience.  Some people wish they were back in high school all over again while others are still trying to block out memories.

I preferred my college years over high school – tenfold.  I would actually go back to college again, just to re-live the experience.

Dancing for USF, 2007

In high school, I never really got to involved with anything.  I went to class, had a decent amount of friends, then went to dance at my ballet studio.  I didn’t really leave any marks or stories behind, and I feel like that only started in my sophomore year of college while dancing with the USF Sundolls.

Since then I’ve gone through a lot of ups, downs and everything in-between. We all have… right?

Yourecards Facebook Photo


I find it funny when people go to great lengths just to try and impress former classmates.  I never understood the “competition” people put up to be the most successful or prettiest or best.  At what? Life?  I’d love to meet who judges that.

Does anyone remember Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion? The girls exercise like crazy, rent a sports car and make up stories about how they invented the Post-it.  Eventually, they get caught up in lies and reveal who they really are.

It used to be one of my favorite movies, mainly for the dance scene at the end.

Please tell me you think this is as amazing as I do.

While thinking about how much time has flown by yesterday, I reflected on the last 9 years of my life: everything I’ve done since high school.

Then I went over to thinking about my 27th birthday coming up.

someecards - Birthday

Finally, my thoughts swarmed around turning 30 and I can’t help but wonder what will happen in my life from now until then.

Whatever it is, I’m not sure I want to know.  Life has certainly been an adventure the last few years and I’m still up for the ride.

Standing on the edge

No plans set in stone, no expectations, no trying to impress people I haven’t seen in 10 years.


Have you attended a high school reunion?

Does thinking about it make you upset in any way? Excited?

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