Just Catching Up!

I should be shunned for Blog neglect. It has been nearly 4 months since my last post. I’m feeling pretty guilty about leaving this beautiful space untouched for so long. So many things have happened since I fell out of the Blogosphere. So, let me update you a little. We’ll start where I left off…

-I did successfully finish the Lurong Paleo Challenge. I lost 6 pounds and lost a few on my measurements but not a lot. As I thought I would I went back to my carbby ways, but in the New Year I am planning to make better choices. I am also planning on staying mainly Paleo with a little looser guidelines. I’ll call it Kelleo? Sounds good right?

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– I ran my first 10k and I did rather well! I placed 69th with a pace of 9:06 and finished with a 56:31 time.

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Hard to admit but I haven’t really run and focused on running since October…

-Husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago for our 2 year anniversary!

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-We went home for our Cash Family Annual Pumpkin Carving Party (BYOP(umpkin))

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…drum roll please…

-We finally bought a HOUSE on Halloween!

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-I turned the big 2-6 and threw a Gatsby party… I have always wanted a roaring 20’s party and when better to do it when you are a roaring 26 year old?

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-I had to say goodbye to my cousin from afar… RIP sweet Bryan.

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-I was blessed to go home for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas.

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-I celebrated the New Year with friends.

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-and I began the New Year 2014 with a traditional Southern style New Years Day dinner cooked by ME 🙂

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-Oh, and tonight I did my first WOD with Toe to Bar! (Big deal, I couldn’t even hang on the bar much less pull my feet up to my hands at the beginning of last year).

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As you can see, I have been a very busy bee! And that is basically what you missed in a nut shell. For my New Years Resolution I will not abandon my Blog for more than 2 weeks. I hope I can keep ’em coming! Have a wonderful 2014 friends!

Who Knows.

It has been quite some time since my last post. Husband and I have been extremely busy with October fun and not so busy with our “marathon training” which has been put on hold since my #1 motivator has also been busy with setting up our future. There is something to be said for people who already have it all figured out. A nice house, white picket fences, steady jobs, babies. We just haven’t reached that point yet, I don’t really think I want to, yet. We aren’t exactly able to plant our feet because at this point we have no idea where we’ll end up. I never really thought that leaving Georgia was an option. At first I thought absolutely not, but the more I think about it the more accepting I become of the idea, the more I ask myself “why not?” My only set back really, is leaving my family, friends, familiarity, Georgia Tech Football. 😉 I began thinking about where we would live here in Georgia and of course it does depend on where Daniel gets a job and where my job is right now, but do I really want to stay in my hometown for the rest of my life or do I want to get out there and experience life elsewhere for a change? There are one or two things that really get me. I see my mom and dad as often as possible, so Daniel must have the funds to send me to their house at least every month. That’s probably asking way too much.  What happens if/when I get pregnant? Do I really want to have/raise our baby outside of our home state? Regardless, at least one of our kids is going to Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure they don’t sell Georgia Tech anything outside the perimeter of Atlanta, but we’ll make them fans somehow. 😉 So, my fix to all of this is that when we decided to have children or at least when they become school age we would move back to Georgia, but there is just no guarantee that anyone would have a job for Daniel or me back here in Georgia when we decide its time to move back. Right now my thought is that we potentially have the chance to go experience other places, people, and sights. I just can’t imagine passing the chance to do that. There is no tie down right now, no baby, no mortgage, we are pretty much free to do and go where ever. Which is the absolute ideal situation for leaving Georgia. Who knows, we might have the decision made for us.

We have had so much fun this Fall (my absolute FAVORITE season of all). We have spent the last two weekends in Cabins in the mountains. For our first anniversary we went to Gatlinburg, TN and for my Dad’s birthday we stayed in Blue Ridge at the most beautiful cabin I have ever been to. The only thing we have left to do is our Cash Family Pumpkin Carving Bonanza! AKA what we all call BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). Dan and I still need to make a trip up to a pumpkin patch to retrieve our perfect carving pumpkins. I will (promise) to absolutely make a post after this yearly tradition (I always do) because it is so very special to me.

Last years Pumpkins!

 

Have a great weekend!

It’s a Turkey Shoot

Okay, so lets be honest. When Daniel mentioned the Atlanta Half Marathon on our “Running Group” wall, I immediately counted myself out. That is such a long way to go; from broken ankle to Half Marathon (my original goal- prior to a broken ankle- for the half was March 2013). I got home from work that day and he already had a plan laid out and printed up on an excel spreadsheet (Gee, I’m glad I married such a technological upgraded man, because you will still find me updating my old fashion pen and paper “day planner”).

Our first week looks something like this:

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While studying the plan I just couldn’t believe that I could (and will) be running a Half Marathon by Thanksgiving Day (if I can keep my bones and ligaments intact for the next 3 months). So, here’s to a new goal, a new start, and a new me!

Wish Me Luck!

As for more changes, I got a new job! More details will be given when I actually get to start next week! I am very  excited for this change in my life. There are so many beautiful things to look forward to and I just can’t wait to begin my journey with my new company.

As for the future, I’m trying not to wish away the summer, but I just can not wait until fall. Football, leaves changing, sweaters, boots, apples, cinnamon, boiled peanuts and my most favorites: our 1 year anniversary, B(ring)Y(our)O(wn)P(umpkin) and, Thanksgiving!

and well, everyone knows I am OBSESSED with my fur baby: Molly

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Happy Running Y’all!

 

Best Weekend Ever.

I woke up this morning with my Husband snuggled to my right, our dog Turbo to my left and our cat Caesar curled up at our feet. I can’t imagine having it any other way. There was so much joy that rush through me and I couldn’t be happier than I was in that moment. I turned to Daniel and kissed him on the forehead. Although Monday mornings mean the start of a long week, this morning  was just the icing on top of a really awesome weekend. If you have read my Bride Chronicles entry on BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin) you know it has become a tradition for the family. BYOP was held this Saturday. It started at the pumpkin patch with our best friend (best man) Patrick. We carefully chose our carving pumpkins. My dad started the fire at about 2:00 in the afternoon and we sat around talking and watching football. We had all sorts of spooky snacks and decorations. Mom and I made luminaries that we found on Pinterest and hung them on the tree near the fire pit.

To the left of the picture is a Mummy luminary

Here they are all lit up

Some new spooky snacks include:

Skull Punch

Ghosty Cupcakes (made by our next door neighbors!)

I also made Pumpkin Cupcakes (or muffins) I found the recipe on Pinterest. All you need is yellow cake mix and a can of pumpkin. Mix together and bake at 350: 20-25 minutes.

They were pretty tasty!

So, it was not only BYOP that made this weekend completely RULE, but that the wonderful YELLOW JACKETS pulled out a win over use-to-be-undefeated Clemson. When we woke up Sunday morning it was like the day after Christmas and I had gotten EVERYTHING on my wish list. Just to show how proud I am, I am wearing something Georgia Tech everyday this week. If they play the way they did Saturday for the rest of the season I have no doubt that they would win out. They just have to keep playing that way, which for some reason tends to be hard for GT. Right now though, I am so proud of them! GO JACKETS!

have you ever seen a Yellow Jacket fly?? Evidence:

Happy Halloween! May your day be filled with treats and not TRICKS!