Archive for March, 2012
March 30, 2012
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.
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.
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.
*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:
Have you ever voluntarily attended an event where you knew no one?
Any more running for beginners questions?
March 29, 2012
I got an invite via Facebook for my 10 year High School Reunion yesterday.
—> Excuse me while I go cry in the corner.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
March 28, 2012
Last week I started a Wedding Wednesday series on the blog where I share pictures, stories and advice from our wedding day. The day truly started with the arrival of my beautiful bridesmaids.
*All photos used in this and all wedding related posts are from Elegant Imagery.
We’re a fantastic group, aren’t we?
Oh, and the adorable one in grey is a flowermaid! That’s my niece, Kayla.
She was a little to old to be a flower girl, and a little to young to be a junior bridesmaid, so we created a new title for her. I thought it was genius.
When choosing my bridesmaids, I initially got freaked out by the large number of 9. After debating back and forth for weeks about what to do, I said forget it! It’s our wedding and we can have however many bridesmaids and groomsmen we want!
So 8 Bridesmaids, 1 Matron of Honor and 1 Flowermaid it was.
The morning of our wedding, I asked them to show up at the bridal suite around 10am to start their hair and makeup.
I felt the need for an early call time so we could all just sit back, relax and enjoy the morning. I really cherished the time we had together that day sharing stories, laughing and talking about things from “back in the day.”
I’ve known each and every one of these girls and extended amount of time, starting with my sister and Matron of Honor, Trish.
After Trish, I’ve known Courtney, Missy and Brittany since I was practically in diapers. Lauren and Ashley both became best friends of mine in middle school, and I met Katie and Heather in high school. Katie and I roomed together in college, where I met Meggan who instantly became my favorite study buddy.
That’s all of them, dressed in a Priscilla of Boston dress in Azaela.
*Unfortunately, Priscilla of Boston was bought out December 31st of last year. Talk about timing… it looks like we bought our dresses just in time.
What a gorgeous group of ladies they are. They all looked absolutely stunning and were the best group of bridesmaids a girl could have asked for.
For one – without question – they were all on board for buying wedding day shoes. I wasn’t going to ask them to do this, until I found the perfect Blake Scott silver heels from Off Broadway Shoes for $35 each. I went to buy all of them at once and the guy actually ended up giving me a 10% discount for buying so many pairs.
For bridesmaid gifts, I had a set of crystal necklaces and earrings made for each girl. A friend of mine’s mother hand makes these and did an amazing job.
I wrapped them in little pink & green travel jewelery cases and gave to each girl at the end of our rehearsal dinner.
I loved these cases from Steinmart so much, I got one for myself too.
From the engagement party to getting dressed on the big day, my girls helped me every step of the way.
I helped Ashley with heir veil on her wedding day, so it was only right she did the same for me.
Around 3pm it was time to head downstairs and take some group pictures.
*Advice: Make sure to schedule an extra 30 minutes or so in your day to get some bridal party shots before the wedding. Even if you choose not to see your groom until you’re walking down the aisle, you can use the time to at least get the girls photographed to save time later.
We hopped in the limo and headed to the church right as it was beginning to sprinkle.
We had about 45 minutes to wait in the bridal suite, touch up and get ready for the ceremony.
As time went by I couldn’t help but to keep looking around, feeling truly blessed to have these girls here with me. We cried, we prayed, we had a group hug and after a blink of an eye it was time to line up to walk down the aisle.
To be continued next Wedding Wednesday…
In the mean time, see what recaps are coming up on the Wedding Page!
March 26, 2012
I ran my first 10K on Saturday and had a blast!
I know that sounds weird to say about running 6.2 straight miles, but my “good time” came from setting a great PR (Personal Record) and truly enjoying a beautiful Saturday morning run around Park Avenue of Winter Park.
Last Sunday my mom called asking if I wanted to run a 10K with her. The 2012 Winter Park Road Race partnered with Florida Hospital to raise money for a scholarship fun and that’s all I had to hear.
Could I have impulsively signed up to run a 10K 6 months ago? Definitely not.
Since running my first half marathon earlier this month, I’ve tried to keep going with at least one 5 or 6 mile run a week so I don’t lose the endurance to train again down the road. And yes…I’m already scoping out my next half. The race bug seems to be going around and I can publicly admit that I’ve been bitten.
I’ve picked up on a few things to do the night before a race and quickly put dinner together on Friday night as follows:
Diced Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage and steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower over brown rice. I’m sure broccoli, cauliflower and brown rice (vs. white) were not the best choices for my digestive system, but I was craving veggies and improvised with what I had on hand.
After dinner, Roadie and I packed up and headed over to my parents’ house.
Since the race was sponsored by Track Shack, I wanted to show some sponsor love to Drink Chia (debuting in the Orlando Track Shack) for providing me with their wonderful and delicious products. I’m excited to announce I am an official Mover and Shaker: Friend of Drink Chia and look forward to sharing the goods with you all again in the future.
After arriving at my parents and chatting for a bit, I turned in around 10:30pm. I went to bed early but kept waking up every few hours thinking I missed the race. Do you ever do that on the eve of an important day?
I woke up a little after 5:30am to what I thought was rain. After having a slight panic attack (flashing back to the beginning of my last race), I realized I was imagining things and started getting ready. Paranoid much?!
By 6am we were ready for breakfast, which consisted of a Kashi 7 grain waffle smeared in almond butter, topped with 1/2 a sliced banana.
It was light enough to settle before running, and substantial enough to get me through the race.
After parking a few streets away, my mom, my friend Christie and I headed towards the starting line. My mom found her spot while Christie and I picked somewhere between the 8-9 min/mile pace group.
Before long, it was 7:30am and we were off! As expected, the first half mile was crowded and it was difficult to get into any kind of groove. Shortly after .5 miles, we found our sweet spot and kept a pretty steady pace the entire time.
By the way… for those of you who have never raced, your official race time comes from a personal time tracker that’s either connected to your bib or attached to your shoe.
I LOVE Winter Park and thoroughly enjoyed running through the neighborhoods surrounding Park Avenue. Miles seem to go by quicker when you have mansions and adorable & unique houses to look at.
Around the 2 mile mark I started to notice I was the back diagonal of my running pace with Christie.
Do you ever run with someone and either take a stride ahead (holding back a tad) or fall a stride behind (trying to keep up) the entire time? As much as she denies it, I know this is what Christie was doing. That girl can keep a pace like nobody’s business and I was grateful she was by my side pushing me to do the same.
Entering the last half mile, I was determined to give it all I had and sprint to the finish line.
Christie and I both took off about the same time, but she beat me by a good 5 seconds.
We placed right after each other in our division, which made me happy.
We immediately grabbed a water bottle (or two), a sweat towel and waited for my mom to arrive at the finish line. I barely caught her… but there she is on the far left.
She finished in 1:05:53 and I was so proud of her for placing 20th in her category!
Still cooling off, we walked around for a minute and on the way back to the car stumbled upon the Farmer’s Market. I almost forgot this happens on Saturday mornings here.
My parents and I used to come all the time growing up, and I need to make a point of coming to it more often! Everything is so fresh. I love it.
I traded my mom 2 tomato slices for some of her breakfast potatoes as an extra treat. Hey, I got a great PR! I deserved it.
I’m putting together a running for beginners Q&A video. I still consider myself a beginner runner, but I’d love to try to answer any questions you might have about getting motivation to run, training for your first race, or anything about running in general. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll do my best to research or ask others to help.
The floor is yours… ask away!