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I Think We Moved to the Arctic. Here Are Some Things Making Me Happy Today.

I think we moved to the arctic when I wasn’t looking.

It’s cold. The temperature hasn’t been higher than 20 in weeks (okay, days… but still).

It’s dreary and I miss the sun. Like consistent days of just sun. We did have some sun yesterday. And it was warm. I was tempted to lay on the dog’s bed with him and sun myself.

There’s too much snow. We got another foot and a half on Sunday. We now have over 8 FEET of snow on the ground.

I have cabin fever. And I just want spring. Or at least 40 degree temperatures.

But it doesn’t look like winter is ending anytime soon. More snow today. And bitter cold this whole week. So instead of sitting here and complaining about it, I’m trying to focus on the things that are keeping me happy, and pushing forward to spring.

Doing a little local shopping!

I worked in Amesbury, MA for a couple of years. During that time, I never really had a chance to enjoy the shops. So, when I was there for an appointment I decided to stop in one of the newer ones, The Nest. Let’s just say this may have become my new favorite shop. So many incredible items. Including…. the next thing making me happy.IMG_2097

My adorable new carrying case.

My work bag is a disaster. It’s a bottomless pit. So when I saw this adorable case, not only did it make me insanely happy and remind me of spring, but it would be incredibly useful. Hello organization.

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Getting my engagement ring cleaned.

It was starting to look a bit dingy! Have I told you guys how much I love my engagement ring? I’m obsessed with it. It’s been two years since we got engaged and nearly every day I catch myself staring at it. It’s so…. me. I just love it.

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My Valentine’s Day flowers.

My love surprised me at work with them on Friday. They’ve been opening up and blooming since then, and are absolutely beautiful. Tulips make me think spring, so they are keeping me smiling!

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Counting down the days until we leave for Las Vegas.

We’re right around 40 days. I’m so looking forward to warm weather! We’ve been twice before, in 2011 and then in 2012. Our 2012 trip was extra special since that was when we got got engaged. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, at night, overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. Perhaps I’ll write our engagement story one of these days! Needless to say, it’s been over 2 years since we’ve been and can’t wait to get back! I also can’t wait to take pictures with the new camera. The photographer in me can’t wait to play with the lights at night!

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During our first adventure in Las Vegas in 2011. It was early (like 7 AM) and we totally had jet lag, but couldn’t wait to get up and start exploring. This is from Tropicana looking back at New York, New York. Clearly.

One last thing making me crazy happy. My new blog design. I found one I loved. I found one that will really versatile and exactly what I was looking for. There are still a few more changes to come, but at least the base design is done!

I hope you all like it too. I know many of you loved my previous design, but it just wasn’t me. This one is definitely me :)

Have a great Tuesday!

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A Viral Post and an Outage

If you pay any attention to my little corner of the web, then you probably noticed that it’s been a bit dark for a few days, and not just because of a lack in posting. You probably stopped by and got a glaring error message, or a weird looking version of the blog, or perhaps just nothing.

My blog had it’s best traffic to date last week. Beginning on January 28 and ending on February 1st, my blog tripled, maybe even quadrupled, in traffic due to one of my posts being shared on StumbleUpon. February 1st took the cake though. We’re talking like 1,300 visitors (I’ve been averaging about 40, and around 200 when the post was first shared.) I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to check my stats the next morning as a new week started.

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And then the worst thing possible happened.

Yep. The blog went down. And I’m talking like full out, they weren’t sure if they were going to be recover it, down.

So what happened?

Last week, after finally reaching my breaking point with my blog going down with GoDaddy at least once a day, I decided to make a change and move hosting companies. I made the switch to BlueHost (where my photography blog is hosted) knowing how much I’ve enjoyed working with them.

I followed the steps, got the confirmations and all was well. This was last Tuesday.

I sat down Monday morning to write my #MicroblogMonday post. I opened my laptop and typed in my admin address. And my website was not there. Just gone.

I jumped onto chat with BlueHost. They explained to me that I didn’t purchase the website migration, so without it, I basically migrated the hosting and domain, but not any of my files. WHAT?! That’s a thing?!

Maybe this is all because I’m newish to the world of blogging. But it never crossed my mind that I would have to migrate my website. Not only that, it was not even provided as an option when I went through the steps. Had it been I probably would have questioned it.

The support guy tells me they could probably restore it if GoDaddy had any backups, or if I had any backups (which I didn’t – lesson learned there). I immediately called GoDaddy. I was on the phone with them over nearly 2 hours.

They worked with me, they understood my frustrations, they were trying to figure it out. They said they would be able to do a restore, but it would cost $150 with no guarantees that it would even work. I hemmed and hawed. I actually considered just saying screw it and starting over. Letting this be my chance to rebrand. I was trying to face that I might not have any other choice. I was in tears. I had lost all of my writing for the past three years.

I decided to take a chance and ask a question that I assumed I would get a no too.

“If I am willing to sign up for a 3 year hosting with GoDaddy, can you waive the restore fee?”

The answer was yes. 

Before I knew it, my support guy was working with his co-workers to determine the restore of my website. After finding out it was a wordpress site, they realized they should have no problem restoring everything. Yes, EVERYTHING. You have no idea how elated I was. He created the database and then escalated the incident up so it would more like 2-3 days as opposed to 7-10. I could handle 2-3 days. I w

The biggest hurdle was going to be when GoDaddy did their last backup (not the same kind that would have been needed for BlueHost… don’t worry, I asked.) And I lucked out, they did their last one on 1/30. The last time I had posted was on 1/29.

Before I knew it, I was back to hosting with GoDaddy, working with BlueHost to get a full refund, and trying to stop panicking because it was all going to be okay.

So here we are. 2 days later. My blog is back. It’s functioning just as it should. I didn’t lose anything and have already backed it up, just in case!

I’m so happy it’s all over. That was something I never want to go through again. Lesson learned – always keep your blog backed up. I won’t lie though – I’m bummed it happened just as I had a post going viral for the first time. But, all that matters is that my little corner of the web is working again.

And is being backed up ALL.THE.TIME.

Have you ever had something horrible happen to your blog? If so, what happened? How did you handle it?

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My 2015 Goals

I’ve mentioned in a few different posts now (you can read them here and here), that this year I’m not making resolutions, but setting goals for 2015. I know. A resolution is pretty much a goal, but we all know that resolutions tend to be broken. A goal seems much more attainable. You’re not resolving to complete it, but you’re pushing to achieve it. I’m setting a few (at least six) goals for myself this year. Some are reminiscent of 2014, but others are new goals.

My 2015 Goals

  1. Workout consistently and clean up my eating. While I really just wanted to write, lose 60 pounds, I know that I will get there. And in order to get there, it means exercising often (5-6 times per week) and keeping my nutrition in check. I kicked off the New Year by taking a walk, and plan on tracking my daily exercise. I’m also tracking everything I eat in MyFitnessPal. I hate tracking calories, but I know right now I need to do it to keep myself on track.

  2. Paddleboard. This was a 2014 goal. But between the summer just flying by and injuries, I never made it. This summer will definitely be the year of the Paddleboard adventures. I can’t wait!

  3. Blog more. This was probably a goal in 2012, 2013 and 2014. But it’s true. Unfortunately when I get busy, the blog is the first thing to be negeclted. I’ve worked hard to bring readership in (I had my best month yet in terms of visitors in December!) and I want to keep seeing it grow. When I say blog more, I don’t mean, blog daily. It’s more of, don’t forget about the blog for weeks at a time.

  4. Ride as often as I can. I’ve been riding horses since I was 9. I haven’t been as consistent as I would like, but I plan on changing that in 2015. I plan to ride 1 to 2 times per week (2 times the weeks I have an adult group). It keeps me sane. It’s my happy place.

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  1. 25 organic Etsy shop sales. I started an Etsy shop this year for my photography with a small goal of reaching 10 sales. I figured it would be a good place to start. I ended 2014 with 27 sales total (actually, 20, but Etsy counts each item sold as a sale). A few of the sales were not organic through Etsy, meaning friends and family wanted prints so I created custom orders for them to purchase through Etsy. This year, I want to promote and pursue sales directly through Etsy. I figure 25 is a good number to strive for. Not too high. Not too low. But a good place for a shop that’s only been open since March of 2014.

  2. Stop making reading goals. For the last 3 years, I’ve been working to read nearly 100 books. It hasn’t happened yet. And by the end of 2014, I didn’t even want to pick up a book (I continued to read though… don’t worry.) This year, there is no goal. I’m still tracking what I’m reading, but I’m not setting any Read 100 by the end of 2015 goal this year. If I read 50 books, awesome. If I read 120, awesome. Either way, I just want to kick back and enjoy as many good books as I can! (Already on book #3 for 2015!)

What are your goals for 2015?

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Setting Goals

Happy Monday my friends! ….. Just kidding. It’s Tuesday. And yes….I completely forgot it’s actually Tuesday. Long Weekend Problems.

Today, I’m talking about goals. Life goals, fitness goals, pretty much any kind of goal. I’m the type of person who sets a goal, puts her mind too it for about 3 weeks, and then quickly loses motivation because pizza sounds so much better running.

But I know having goals in place can keep one accountable. So with Labor Day behind us, and for some reason summer back in full swing, I decided that it’s time to set some good, attainable goals for the next four months (until the end of 2014).

1. Exercise more. This has been a much-discussed topic in my house for probably…. well, forever. So, it’s time to nip it in the butt and get moving. I go through such spurts with fitness. Insanity for 6 weeks last year (granted, I had to stop because I injured myself… but I could have done other things), Running for about 4 weeks, gym for about 3 weeks, etc. I’m a start and stop kind of fitness person. I want to stop being that kind of person, and start becoming the person who incorporates some sort of activity into their life everyday. It’s not about vanity anymore; it’s about my health. Especially as I close in on the big 3-0.

What am I doing to kickstart this?

For one thing, I signed up for personal training sessions with a good friend of mine who is local. She knows how much I have struggled with my weight and fitness through the years (since high school!) and really wants to help. So next Tuesday, it’s off to a local park for some serious one on one personal training. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m anxious. But I know she’s awesome at it, and will push me just far enough beyond my limits to make it count.

What else am I doing?

I plan on going to the gym every morning. Even with personal training twice a week in the evenings. Even if it’s for 20-30 minutes of cardio. Just to keep myself in that mindset. If I don’t go to the gym, then it’s a 2.5 mile walk at lunch. And during the beautiful fall weather, I’ll STILL go for a walk at lunch, even if I worked out in the AM. I need to keep myself moving.

2. Lose 15 pounds. Considering the amount of weight I have to lose (like nearly 60 pounds to my ultimate goal weight), this is minimal. But, it’s a smaller goal. And doesn’t seem so intimidating. I’m giving myself 4 months to lose 15 pounds. That’s 3.75 pounds per month. I can definitely do that. And I’m hoping in the next four months, it ends up being a bit more than that. But I’m focusing on 15. And whatever else happens, happens.

3. Try new things. I’ve always been the type to avoid trying new things because I was intimated. Or I was scared of what others would think of me. But now, I want to push that to the back of mind and start living. I’ve already signed up to learn to Paddleboard. Maybe I’ll consider trying Yoga. Or joining a running group.

4. Run a 5K. This one may not be attainable in the next 4 months. I’ll have to see how I’m doing fitness-wise by October/November. And how the weather is. But if I’m not ready, I’ll run one next year. This has always been on every goal list, bucket list, resolution list, etc. and I really want to focus on achieving it.

5. Blog more. I’ve really tried to be better about neglecting this blog. I have gotten better. But I want to aim to post more things of value. Not just ranting posts. Or posts where I’m trying to be funny. Legitimate posts that people want to read and are interested in what I have to say.

6. Meet my 100 books read goal. I’m SO far behind on this it’s not even funny. I’ve read 58 books this year. I have 42 more to go. That’s 10.5 books per month for the next 4 months to hit my goal. Le sigh…. it’s a good thing I have lots of good books ready and waiting on my nook! I’m currently reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer . LOVE.

7. Cook more. I love to cook. I’m just lazy. Which means we eat whatever is easy. Which usually ends up being take-out. Now that’s not 100 degrees out (except for this week), I plan on cooking more dinners. One, it’s healthier. And two, leftovers. Which are always the best for lunch. We also recently purchased a Ninja, and I’ve been dying to use it. And I haven’t yet. But the first thing I plan on making…. homemade hummus. YUM!

8. Frame some of my photography. And not for my own use. To have ready so that I can start proposing art shows to local places around town. I have SO.MUCH. personal work that I would love to be able to sell, but without really getting it out there, it’s not going to. Yes, I love my Etsy shop, but it’s also not doing what I had hoped. So, it’s time to frame my work and hope I can get it at some local coffee shops around town. Maybe even sell a few pieces during the holidays.

9. Stop worrying so much, and start living. Hence my goals. If you notice, they are pretty generic.

And if I don’t hit them all, oh well. I’m not fretting anymore.

I’m no longer trying to use the gym for my appearance, but rather my health (although the vanity benefits rock too!). I’m not letting my fear or intimidation get to me, and allowing myself to try the things I’ve always wanted to try. I’m not worried about what others thing about this blog, instead I’m writing for me. That’s what this has always been. I’m enjoying reading, as opposed to trying to fill a quota. Yes, I’m trying to reach 100 books, but if I don’t do it this year, I’ll try again in 2015.

Setting goals is simply to help me organize what’s next for me in the coming months. To help keep me focused and know that I’m always doing something to better myself.

What are you doing in the next four months to better yourself?

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Quintessential Andalucia – Vejer de la Frontera

Our final day in Spain was spent in (on?) a hillside village known as Vejer de la Frontera, just one of the many white-washed towns spread across southern Spain. The village was just over 30 minutes from Rota, making for a perfect afternoon. We arrived and proceeded to climb to the to the top, where we would then find ourselves in one of the prettiest areas of our trip.

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The center known as the Plaza de Espana, where there were plenty of little restaurants and cafes, along with the most ornate fountain I’d ever seen.

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We stopped to take in the beauty of the fountain, as well as take a few photos, and then headed over to one of the restaurants for some tapas and beverages until it was time for our lunch reservation.

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After a bit of relaxation and good food, we ventured through this glorious village. I wasn’t fully prepared for the amount of hills we were going to do, but I guess looking back, I should have expected it since it is on a hill. Oh well, good exercise after stuffing my belly full of delicious Moroccan food for the second time that week! Since there aren’t many words to describe the remaining adventure through this time, I’ll let the pictures tell the story. Needless to say, it was a perfect way to spend our last day in Spain with great friends.

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Stay tuned  – the final post from Spain is all the random pictures from the trip!

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I guess I should have a routine…. right?

It hit me yesterday, on my 28th birthday, that I am now an adult. Well, I guess it hit me a couple of years ago. Actually, scratch that. I didn’t feel like a real adult until I moved out of my parents house, had to buy my own groceries and start budgeting my paychecks. THAT’S when I felt like an adult.

And last night, I realized that, much like an adult, I have a daily routine. And as I thought back, I realized that my life has been one big routine since I graduated with my Masters degree (in a good way of course!) Of course, my various routines have definitely shifted a bit as the years go by. Instead of morning coffee and TV, it’s now a morning run/stretching/water. Instead of quick and easy dinners of takeout pizza and subs, it’s… well, sometimes still takeout, but we always try for salads now! And instead of being up until all hours of the night, even on the weekends, it’s a bedtime of about 8 PM (on school nights) and 11 PM (if we make it there!) on weekends.

As I thought more about it, I have a very set routine…. every. single. day.

5:20 AM: Wake up, stare at the clock. Awake before my alarm, per usual. Grab my cell phone. Look at notifications on the lock screen. Unlock. Check Facebook notifications. Check Instagram for any notifications. Check e-mail super quick and try not to respond to anything while I’m still half asleep.

5:30 AM: Crawl out of bed, stretch, and meander around my apartment. Usually I’m trying to locate where my running shoes, my HRM, and headphones are.

5:45 AM: Head out to run the neighborhood.

6:15 AM: Drag myself in from my run. I either a) go in the living room and do some abs/squats/planks/foam roll for 15 minutes or b) jump right in the shower and zone out. There is not routine to this. This just happens based on how I may feel that day.

6:40(ish) AM – 7:15 AM: Check Facebook. Watch the news. Check my e-mail (again). Check Instagram and scroll through everything I missed overnight. Check the Barnes & Noble Nook Book Deal of the Day. Read the local news (The regional news or Good Morning America is usually on the TV). Check out the celebrity gossip magazines. Think about breakfast. Realize I’m starving. Continue to sit.

Sometimes depending on what’s been going on, I will also prepare some blog posts or edit some photos from recent shoots.

7:15 AM – 7:30 AM: Get ready for work. And by get ready I mean, throw clothes on, clip my hair up… and sometimes put makeup on. And then I usually run around the apartment gathering everything I need for the day (chargers, headphones, iPad, etc.)

7:30 AM: until I leave for work (usually by 8 AM): I usually stand in the center of my kitchen for a solid 2 minutes trying to determine what to bring for food with me. And I’m serious when I say stand in the center of my kitchen. Once I figure out, I pack everything up and out the door I go.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Drive to work. It takes me 10 minutes to get to work, so this takes into account if I leave a little bit past 8. Sometimes I stop for coffee. Sometimes I run errands on my way. Either way, I’m at work by 8:30 AM every day.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Work. Work. Work.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch time! Sometimes I walk at lunch, depending on the weather, sometimes I read, sometimes I get some blog posts created, but most of the time I eat and work. I’m plenty busy enough to get things done while I eat too!

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Work. Work. Work.

5:00 PM – 5:20 PM: Head back to the homestead. Fiance is already home. We usually go back and forth at least 6 times before I get in the doorway about dinner. I usually call my parents and check in too while driving.

5:20 PM: Home again! Time to figure out dinner. We’ve been better about cooking/making things we already have… but sometimes we still go get grilled buffalo chicken salads from our favorite neighborhood pizza shop!

5:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Eat dinner. Check e-mails. Faceb0ok. Instagram. Watch an episode or two of our shows. Edit photos (if I have any to edit). Read a book. Spend time together.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: My bed is calling my name. In bed I go, reading until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.

9:00 PM – 5:20 AM : Sleep until it’s time to do it all over again!

Exceptions to this routine include:

Riding: Tuesday night adult group every other Tuesday

Dinner out: With my parents, with the fiance, with friends…

The Weekends: Totally different routine on Saturday and Sunday, and Friday nights.

 

Positive thing to note: I currently love my routine. It fits me… and I’m sticking to it.

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a super duper weekend.

My weekend was amazing. Super relaxing and super fun. I felt ready to tackle the work week when I walked into the office today. Even with it being 80 out today. Bring on the work week! Here’s a quick recap for ya!

Friday: When 5 PM hit, I was out the door knowing that I was heading for a night out with my parents and other half. We were off the Elks Club for a Meat Raffle (and yes, it’s exactly what he sounds like!) and the big drawing for Joker’s Wild. The pot was up to around $7900, so we knew someone could win at any time. I ended up winning the 50/50 raffle during the Meat Raffle. I had to split with three people, but I still walked away with $50 bucks! A winner was drawn that night, and he took a pretty nice chunk of money home with him! We were happy for him, but were bummed it wasn’t one of us. A lot could be done with $7900 bucks!

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Saturday: I was out the door early to head to the barn to get stalls done and body clip one of the lesson horses in the barn before it go to hot and sticky. Ruby is probably my favorite lesson horse, even though I don’t ride her. She was/is the best teacher for any beginner students I’ve had, and she was a great show horse in her day taking many kids to blue ribbon rides. Now she lives the life of leisure teaching beginner students how to ride and just getting loved on. And she’s beautiful. I adore her so much that’s she is in my engagement photos :).

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Once I got home, it was time to grab some lunch. The other half was out cutting trees down with his brother, so I ran to get us some subs. We were having a gathering at the house that night, so I wanted to make sure we got something good in us!

And then it was the first party of the summer. And we had a ball! It was great company and we just laughed all night long.

Sunday: Up early to get groceries and errands done. At 9 AM it was already 70 degrees, and looking to be the first hot and humid day of the summer. I want to get everything done as fast as I could so I could be out by the pool the rest of the day. And that’s exactly what I did. By mid-afternoon, we came in and took off for a little bit. And got a Fisherman’s Platter for dinner.  I rarely eat fried food, but it was such a sign of summer to get one. Nom nom nom. Then we just relaxed and I read. I’m currently reading ‘The Death of Bees’. We were in bed early last night and it was the best being able to sleep with the windows open. Summer has finally arrived!

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This morning I was up early to get my run in. It was going to be to way to hot out at lunch today, and I don’t handle the heat too well, at least when it comes to exercise. Today was week 4, day 2 of Couch to 5K.

Pros – the run went well, no side stitches and no breathing issues… well, minimal issues. I’m finding it easier to run the 5 minutes now and that’s good.

Cons– my phone decided it didn’t feel like playing music this morning, so I ended up listening to the birds. I definitely found it harder to zone out and work on my breathing. Evidently, I rely on my music. But it was still a nice peaceful run!

Hope you all had a wonderful day!

And now for the winner of the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer in Lemon-Lime….

Congratulations to Agnetha Foong! Please e-mail me at aglimpseintoerynsworld at gmail.com

with your mailing information so I can get your packets out to you!

Thank you to all those who entered!

 

Weekend Recap

Does anyone else keep feeling like it’s Monday? It definitely feels like a Monday. But it’s Tuesday, which means it’s a short week! I completely love my job, but a short week when it’s finally nice out is always welcome.

I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, the weather up here was pretty grey and drizzly, but at least it warmed up to almost 80 yesterday. It was probably one of the busiest, but also most relaxing, weekends I’ve had in a while. Here is the quick-ish recap.

Friday: The office closed at 3 PM, so I headed home before heading to a horse show to cheer on my barn mates. Of course, when I was ready to leave, my car chose not to start. This girl was not too happy, especially since the starter on my car had just been replaced a week before. Thankfully, the other half let me take his car, and off to the show I went where I happily stood on the rail cheering on my barn!

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Saturday: Up and at ’em early to get to the barn to take care of the horses still at home. It was gray and gloomy when I got there, but by the time I left, the sun started to peek through the clouds and it started to become a great day. Ran some errands that afternoon, and edited some photos from last weekend until it was time to head back to the horse show for the Saturday evening session. Another successful night. Gosh, I love horse shows.

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Sunday: After sleeping in, I woke up to another gray morning, and started my day with coffee and my nook. I’ve been reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux, and really wanted to finish it. I haven’t been to read it at night because it sort of freaks me out. After about an hour of reading, my stomach was making some pretty obnoxious noises so I knew it was time to chow down. Off to the kitchen I was make some breakfast while the other half kept sleeping. I whipped together a batch of our favorite Banana Oatmeal Pancakes and poached eggs on whole grain toast. After devouring it, it was time to start the day. We ran more errands and then headed to a friend’s house to celebrate his birthday, before coming home, having friends over and having a campfire.

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Monday: Another morning of sleeping in. But this time, after a coffee and reading, I threw my running clothes on, laced up my sneakers and headed out to complete Week 2, Day 3 of Couch to 5K. It had rained that morning, and it was already humid, but the sun was peeking out and it was a perfect morning to run. After I was done, I felt refreshed and ready to tackle the day. The rest of the day was spent editing, reading and finishing our binge watching of ‘Breaking Bad’. Now we need to find another show to watch!

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And here we are on Tuesday. Back to the grind. Planning on a walk at lunch, potentially Week 3 Day 1 of C25K (depends on my mood), and riding tonight.

Have a happy Tuesday y’all!

How was your weekend? Do you have any recommendations for shows to watch on Netflix?

What’s Happening

My life has been busy. Like so busy that I kind of forgot I have a blog. Here is the super fast recap.

  • The Etsy shop has been up and running for about 6 weeks. I didn’t realize how much work it was going to be, BUT, I’m loving finally having a way to sell my personal work. If you love flowers, beaches, landscapes and pretty things, then check it out. I’ve had 2 sales in the first 6 weeks (woohoo!) and my goal is at least 10 by the end of this year. Why so low? Because I know Etsy shops take time to get off the ground. If I make 10 sales, I’ll be psyched. If I go over that, I’ll be over the moon.
  • Photo session season has picked up. Which means I’m getting to play with lots of cute babies and families, celebrating lots of love, and just editing away. I moved to a new gallery system, which has been getting some rave reviews, and I’m just overall super busy. I’ve already had several shoots, including my spring mini sessions two weekends ago, with several more on the horizon!
  • My allergies are in full swing (like so many people) and I feel like crap 99% of the time with them. Needless to say, I was lazy and didn’t exercise for a solid two weeks. And I also chose to eat whatever I felt like. I’m back in the exercise groove, and re-starting Couch to 5K for my thousandth time today. I’ll finish it the week I leave for Spain. So it’s a good time frame and a good goal!
  • Stay tuned for a couple of reviews coming on the blog courtesy of SweatPink. I love being part of this community and can’t wait to bring them to the blog!

And that’s about all for now.

Happy Tuesday!

It’s Sunny……

And if you’re a New Englander like me, then you know what a huge deal this is.

It literally rained for almost 3 days. Roads are flooded. Rivers are flooded. Parking lots are flooded. People’s yards and basements are flooded.

My car was not thrilled about driving through giant lakes in the road yesterday morning.

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But it’s sunny out. Just not slightly sunny. Like full out, no clouds in the sky, let’s get sunburned sunny.

Normally Tuesday would be a barn night for me. Unfortunately, I woke up with a very stiff and sore back. Ugh. Looks like tonight I’ll be doing some serious stretching. Also planning on taking a long walk outside and just enjoying the beautiful weather. My work is right next to a long rail trail in town and I’m thinking it would be perfect for tonight. I’d like to run a little bit too, but we shall see how the back holds up. I’m dying to hit the pavement with my running shoes instead of being on the treadmill. Let’s just say I’m ready for the heat wave outside.

hot weather

Okay, it’s not that hot out. But right now, 50 degrees will feel like a heat wave.