Posts Tagged ‘Moving’
November 21, 2013
Hi friends! How’s your Thursday going so far? Mine’s been a cold, but good and busy one.
The morning absolutely flew. I was originally going to sneak in an early workout, then listened to my (sore) body and decided to give it a rest after last night’s workout and practice.
I left the house right after 9 a.m. to get a spray tan for our big calendar release tomorrow during the Pistons vs. Hawks game! To say I’m a little excited about it is a huge understatement. I’ll be sure to share more details after tomorrow!
I spent some time chatting it up with the salon owner, then hit up the Subway right next door for a late breakfast.
(Whole wheat bread, egg whites, turkey, pepper jack cheese – toasted – with tomato slices and green peppers.)
While I was there, I also went ahead and ordered a chopped salad for lunch, knowing I would only be home long enough to type up this post before getting out the door again!
(Spinach and lettuce mix, plain chicken strips, cheddar cheese, and “the works” for vegetables, minus the red onion and jalapenos with oil and vinegar on the side.)
I also plan on enjoying the unpictured bag of Baked Lays in the car shortly. And just in case you didn’t catch the hint at the bottom of yesterday’s WIAW post, yes, I did in fact have Subway last night for dinner as well. Whoops. I should seriously consider buying stock in that store! Are you guys in need of any Subway Ambassadors? Jared’s got it covered? Oh… okay.
I made a few stops on the way home and one of them was to a Bank of America.
Funny story… after realizing my local branch by the house is relocating I then searched for other locations in my good ‘ol iPhone Navigation app. Several popped up, and I drove over to the closest one. Turns out that was a PNC bank, so I searched again. The second stop took me to a highway ramp entrance. I really felt like someone was trying to play a prank on me or something!
Good news, I finally found a new BOA to handle all of my banking needs just a few miles away from home and paid my first visit this morning. I was on my way home when I then remembered I needed to pick up a few greeting cards and pulled over to a Walgreens.
Walgreens, CVS, Target, you name it this always happens.
I go in for one or two items and come out at least a hundred dollars lighter.
I would usually be more disappointed in myself, but I did pick up a few steals I am excited to feature in tomorrow’s Friday Favorites link up. So we’re all good.
Still Getting Used To Surroundings
Since moving up here, I have relied heavily on my GPS apps on my phone. I really don’t know what I would do without them. If this were thirty years ago and I had to put my driving fate on an old fashioned paper map I would be in some serious trouble, ya’ll.
Anyways, over the past few months I have been trying to ween myself off of the navigation. I have figured out the essential direct routes I need to know (how to get to the arena, to major shopping areas, to the airport, downtown, to the grocery store, etc.) but just can’t seem to put together how to get from one area to another just yet.
After my side trip to Walgreens, I wanted to see how on or off my sense of direction was and decided to head home without any clues. After all, I was only three miles away.
What do ya know… leave it to me to turn the exact opposite way I needed to. I ended up hanging a right instead of a left on my major road home and finally noticed it was the wrong way when I ended up here.
At first I got frustrated, but then I took a second to look around and appreciate the little back road I stumbled upon. Wouldn’t it be cool to live off of one like this?
You definitely don’t get the sight of bare trees like this in Florida!
Eventually, I caved and found my way back home via my iPhone navigation. Sigh.
And here we are! I only have a few minutes to catch up on some emails before I need to get over to Royal Oak for a hair appointment, then I’m off to get my eyebrows threaded. Yup, today is just one of those beauty days. I guess it could be worse.
I am looking forward to a dinner date with Scott tonight (finally!) followed by errands we’ve been putting off as long as we can, like picking out a new vacuum. Ours officially kicked the bucket the other day and I don’t think I can handle tiny green tree needles everywhere anymore.
We both have our hearts set on the Dyson Ball. One of it’s versions. Do any of you own one? Thoughts?
Upcoming Reebok Sales
Before I go, I wanted to let you know that I just got word from Reebok that they’re planning to offer a handful of HUGE Black Friday Weekend promotions. Stay tuned! I’ll release more details the day before Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful rest of your day!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever moved to a completely new city? If so, how long did it take you to get used to the surroundings (not rely on maps or apps to get around!)
• Ever tried a Subway breakfast sandwich, pita, or wrap? What’s your favorite kind or combo?
October 12, 2013
Something pretty neat dawned on me as I was driving home from the airport this morning…
Today is our one year move-iversary!
(Collaborative photo at midnight last night to celebrate.)
Two days in the car with all of them certainly was interesting…
But, we seemed to manage and enjoyed what we could along the way!
It’s crazy to think how quickly time passes by. I mean, I knew starting another season meant we have been here for a while… but really? It’s already been an entire year? Wowww.
Just for kicks, I wanted to take a few minutes to reminisce over the highlights that have happened since we arrived. Feel free to scroll, click, and join in on the memories!
• Lived in a hotel for a month. <- Quite the experience.
• Scott’s surprise birthday and my first time hanging with the Pistons fam!
• Moved into our condo and started exploring the neighborhood.
• Attended a ton of events and Detroit Pistons games at the arena.
• Roadie’s (and my real) first snow!
• Learning to drive and live in snow.
• Our first Thanksgiving here with Scott’s Parents.
• My first performance returning to the NBA court!
• Holiday celebrations with friends.
• Getting invited to dance with the Pistons Dancers!
• Snow storms + Winter Festivals.
• Our first time being snowed in.
* 1 Year Blogiversary!* <- woot!
• St. Patrick’s Day in Detroit.
• Boston Trip.
• First trip back home to Florida.
• Fitbloggin’ in Portland. (My first blogging conference!)
• Megan’s visit over the 4th of July.
• Celebrating our 2 Year Anniversary (kind of).
• Auditioning to be a member of the 2013-14 Pistons Dance Team (with a new hair color!).
• Trip (to Scott’s) home in Arkansas/Missiouri.
• Cider Mills and a visit from Surely!
WHEW! Is that it?
No wonder it all feels like a blur.
I’ve spent the day around the house cleaning up and working on a few projects. As soon as I hit “publish”, I plan to finally get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather we’re having with a run on the trails before sunset. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to think about on the miles ahead.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
March 4, 2013
It’s Monday, but it’s okay. I have started a new view on Mondays to wake up and be awesome.
While I usually drag a little bit in the mornings, I have slowly realized that how my day turns out (especially now that I work from home) goes hand-in-hand with my attitude upon waking up. No. More. Rolling…. unless it is well deserved after a long night or week first.
I realized the other day that it has been a really, reallllly long time since I have vlogged. Maybe for a reason? I have been known to ramble back in my days of wedding planning, and for that I apologize.
Today, I wanted to break back into the vlogging world to share just a few updates with you in “person”. When reading blogs, I love when people throw in a video every now and then just to be able to see what they are really like, and figured you might enjoy getting to know me just the same.
If I am wrong, then now is the time to leave the page because here I come!
What’s Been Going On Up North
Since this is a healthy living blog, I post a lot about what I am eating or what fitness program I am doing, but try to include every day life happenings into the mix as well. If you keep up with the blog, you probably know a lot of what has taken up our weeks and now months since moving up north. If not, then here is a good catch up.
PS: Ummm… does anybody else notice a slight Michigan accent? Check out how I say “hour”, “post” and “posted”. Whoa!
Hope you enjoyed that little nugget of embarrassment, and if it at least make you crack a smile, I did my job. Happy Monday!
Questions of the Day
• Do you have a hard time getting focused on Monday mornings? Have you ever dreaded going to bed Sunday? (<- I have certainly been there.)
• What are some things you do to help enhance your mood at the beginning of the week?
Mondays have always been tricky for me. I think it started back in college when I had a early morning mandatory workout followed by my hardest class of the week to look forward to. Later, that turned into the start of a work week. After that, Mondays turned into teaching my 6 a.m. barre classes, (which I loved – but never really got over the fact that I had to get up at 4:30 a.m.). Today, I have more of a flexible schedule and realize that all a great Monday requires is a little motivation and good attitude!
October 18, 2012
We have been living out of Orlando for five days now. Can you believe it?
Many of you have asked where around Detroit we are living and how we are settling in so far. The answer to that is at an extended stay hotel in Auburn Hills, and just fine.
Ever since Scott got hired, the process of moving up here felt like it went by at warp speed! By the next week, he was up here working away, doing everything he could to help the process from afar. While I was at home packing our house away
which I will never do again! he searched for potential homes for us.
The problem with renting here – especially in the Rochester, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, and Troy areas where we are looking – is that there are a lot of renters ready to move and not enough properties to lease. Apparently, living in the ‘burbs surrounding Detroit is where it’s at!
While in Orlando, I sought out at least a dozen places for Scott to look at in person. For one reason or another, none of them seemed to fit the bill.
After two full days of driving up, and a few sleepless nights at a motel (when we were unable to find pet friendly hotels), I am relieved to say we are temporarily living in an extended stay hotel about ten minutes from The Palace.
They happily accept all three of our crazy pets, and have accommodated everything we could possibly need.
As each day goes by, we are closer and closer to nailing down a place with our Realtor, but until then I have gotten into a somewhat of a normal routine here at the hotel.
Every morning I bundle up and take Roadie out for a morning walk.
Mock the fact that I dressed him up in a fleece sweater all you want, both of us and our Floridian blood bodies are going to do our best stay warm this winter!
Roadies seems to be enjoying the crisp fall air here, and hasn’t really reacted to the cold yet. It has, however, only gotten down to 38 degrees so far. Ask me how he is doing again in about a month or so!
For now, everyone looks to be perfectly content with where we are, and that makes me happy. Sure beats living in a Pet Hotel, right Aspen?
Have you ever stayed at an extended stay hotel? We hadn’t, and before now I had no idea what to expect. I have to admit that I have been pleasantly surprised with our stay so far, and thought you might want to take a look around too.
The biggest challenge so far is keeping Roadie inside the room. He is a very smart boy, and has figured how to let himself out of any door with a lever handle. Check out how we stop him… (Muahahaha.)
Not too shabby right?
Besides providing us with plenty of space, I have thoroughly enjoyed having a laundry room and gym to use at any time of the day. I have managed to find healthy options and start my day with a similar breakfast every morning including a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, two hard boiled eggs, and a single serving of Dannon Light & Fit yogurt.
Having these things accessible has helped me feel more like a my “housewife” self, rather than a “hotelwife.” <- I know, that was pretty lame. It’s fine.
As you might have seen in the video, there are a few things you can do to help make any extended hotel stay feel a little more like home. Buying hangers to hang up your clothes, organizing your things, and buying hand soap for the bathroom and a small candle to hide any hotel smell is a great start.
Worked for me!
Now I am off to a full day of finishing the application process for places, running errands and hitting the gym. I am unusually excited for the last part. I have been extremely ancy to get back to a normal workout routine, and can’t wait to start running outside again, once we settle into a neighborhood.
More updates to come!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever stayed at an extended stay hotel? If so, what have you done to make it feel more like home?
• Do you ever get really excited for a workout?