Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today's Laugh...


If this can't bring a smile 
 to your face,
then I don't know what will.




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I still am trying to grasp the thought that Easter is so close!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Brooks vs. New Balance

Like I said in one of my afternoon Facebook status'...
 
I love unexpected half days at work!
 
And what a great half day it was.
 
I met my husband for a quick lunch...
 
and then decided on a whim that I wanted another pair of running shoes.
 
For starters, I wanted something I could compare to my normal Brook's .

And secondly, I just wanted another pair.

I quickly snagged up New Balance's version 933's.

The reviews on these things have always been excellent.

And I love the classic look of them.



So the verdict?

Love them.

And I almost hate to say this...

but I think I might like them better than my Brooks.

Ouch. That hurt just saying that.

My reasoning?

These New Balance's retail at $145.

My price?

$39.99.
 
What we paid for my Brooks??

Way more than $40!

More importantly...

they were so stinkin' comfortable...

and roomy.

I know I'll wear them both...

thanks to my inserts I can change out.

Wasn't that a steal though??

I was so happy!




And look how gorgeous my route was today.






Oh how I love this time of year!!



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Butterfly Effect

There are a few people in my small circle of friends that actually run.

I have my sister, Amber who is a runner...

but as far as friends...there are only a few.

I have Bridget...who is basically like a running god to me.

She's probably laughing as she reads that, but in all seriousness...

she inspires me.

When I see her, she puts me in the mood to lace up my shoes and run...
that's the running vibe she gives off.

And I think as a beginner runner...I need that.

Since my announcement of participating in my first half marathon,

this girl has sent me several articles to help me through this process.

Today's touched me.

Like to the point of having to choke back tears.






It's like with anything you work hard for, and you focus your attention on.

When you feel at times that you're not where you should be, 
it can get frustrating, and very trying.

This article that was in Runner's World magazine,
hit me to my runner's core.

It's from back in 2009, when John Bingham wrote his






Right now I may just be getting my feet wet,

and learning that wearing those most popular running socks aren't for me.

But like John said...

"somewhere, sometime...this all will matter. And I have faith in that."



Relationship Advice

One of my bestie's posted this yesterday,
and along with tears and a smile...
I decided I just couldn't pass up sharing this with y'all.



Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina.
They have been married 85 years (86 in May) and hold the Guinness World Record
for the longest marriage of a living couple and get this….
Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104

Apparently the happily married couple teamed up with twitter this past Valentine’s Day
 to answer some relationship questions.

1. What made you realize that you could spend the rest of your lives together? Were you scared at all?
H & Z: With each day that passed, our relationship was more solid and secure.Divorce was NEVER an option – or even a thought.

2. How did you know your spouse was the right one for you?
We grew up together & were best friends before we married. A friend is for life – our marriage has lasted a lifetime

3. Is there anything you would do differently after more than 80 years of marriage?
We wouldn’t change a thing. There’s no secret to our marriage, we just did what was needed for each other & our family.

4. What is your advice to someone who is trying to keep the faith that Mr. Right is really out there?
Zelmyra: Mine was just around the corner! He is never too far away, so keep the faith – when you meet him, you’ll know.

5. What was the best piece of marriage advice you ever received?
Respect, support & communicate with each other.
Be faithful, honest & true.Love each other with ALL of your heart

6. What are the most important attributes of a good spouse?
Zelmyra: A hard worker & good provider.The 1920s were hard,but Herbert wanted & provided the best for us.I married a good man!
7. What is your best Valentine’s Day memory?
Zelmyra: I cook dinner EVERY day.Herbert left work early & surprised me – he cooked dinner for me! He is a VERY good cook!
Herbert: I said that I was going to cook dinner for her & she could relax – the look on her face & clean plate made my day!

8. You got married very young – how did u both manage to grow as individuals yet not grow apart as a couple?
“Everyone who plants a seed & harvests the crop celebrates together” We are individuals, but accomplish more together.

9. What is your fondest memory of your 85-year marriage?
Our legacy: 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

10. Does communicating get easier with time? How do you keep your patience?
The children are grown, so we talk more now. We can enjoy our time on the porch or our rocking chairs – together.

11. How did you cope when you had to be physically separated for long periods of time?
Herbert: We were apart for 2 months when Z was hospitalized with our 5th child. It was the most difficult time of my life. Zelmyra’s mother helped me with the house and the other children, otherwise I would have lost my mind.

12. At the end of bad relationship day, what is the most important thing to remind yourselves?
Remember marriage is not a contest – never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win

13. Is fighting important?
NEVER physically! Agree that it’s okay to disagree, & fight for what really matters. Learn to bend – not break!

14. What’s the one thing you have in common that transcends everything else?
We are both Christians & believe in God.
Marriage is a commitment to the Lord.
We pray with & for each other every day

I love that quote...
"Learn to bend it, not break it."

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Itty Bitty's Edition...

I'm that girl that will walk back in forth numerous times
in the children's department of Target,
ooing and awing over the itty bitty outfits.

I'm crazy when it comes to those things.

And that's why when I'm on Pinterest,
I've been consumed with it lately,
I can't help but do the same thing on there.


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I love this little plaid number.
That little whale melts my heart.


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And this little sailor's dress??
Adorable.


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So for you with kiddos...
what's your favorite place to 
shop for your itty bittys??




Sunday, March 18, 2012

And My Face Was Beet Red...

To date...
my run today was the earliest one I've done thus far.
I loved knowing it would be done for today,
and I wouldn't have to think about it till tomorrow.

Going in to it I thought this will be easy peasy compared to the 
one's in the freezing cold, or in mid afternoon when the heat is smothering.

Wrong.
 
My breathing was off a little, and my heart was pounding so hard,
I felt as if I could hear it.
 
Today was the first time I thought I would get sick.
But I didn't.
 
I finished my cool down lap and headed straight to my car
for my water.
 
And as I sat there with the car running, air blowing in my face...
and Billie Myer's "Kiss the Rain" going...
I prayed to God.

My prayer was compassionate and was honest.

I asked the Lord to help me stay positive in the training.
I asked Him to help me stay focused on what I had achieved so far,
rather than how far I had to go.
 
And then I remembered that little Pinterest pin from last night...
 

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All in Good Fun...

Friends,
come next weekend...
I will be rockin' the 80's full force.
{or at least I hope to be}

My company teller banquet has a themed get together 
every year in which they go all out, 
and it's a huge ordeal.

Last year was Western wear.
{how convenient, Nashville}

Sooooo...
besides finding this hideous looking thing
at the local Goodwill...


I have nothing.

So for some ideas and inspirations, I turn to Polyvore.




Rolling Stone




All Saints



ROCK STAR!




Why can't I find pieces like 
this anywhere??!

Disclaimer:
 Oh..and don't worry hubs
and fam..I haven't took up smoking
or have I gotten pierced.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Rainy but....

...good day in Nashville.









Happy Saturday, friends!

xoxo


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Skinny-spirations!

Since I took tonight off from doing any kind of exercise,
I figured what better way to still find motivation for tomorrow's session
that to dream about all those glorious skinny clothes!

Yes, friends....
this is one of the many things that motivate me to get my bootay
out there and work so hard.
Skinny clothes!


While scoping out the boards on Pinterest,
I found my newest addiction...
Why in the world am I 
just now seeing this??

Although these outfits are none of my creations,
I will soon be posting my dream fashion outfits very soon!


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Apparently...
I tend to lean towards dark colors!
This coral color I love...


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This last outfit I absolutely adore.

And I want those sandals.
Yes. I. do.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend Ramblings and Smiles.

- If you haven't noticed...
my posts have become few and far between.
Starting now...
I'm going to make blogging part of my weekly routine.
It's something I enjoy,
and want to keep up.

- Friday night the hubs and I joined my parents 
at a Nashville favorite, Maggiano's.
It's seriously one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to.
It's delicious!


 - We had to take Kaci to the vet on Thursday afternoon
because she has started limping on the same side
The vet thinks she has arthritis starting to form in her knee.
She seems to be playful and happy,
but of course we are having to give her "dog IB Profen".

- Look at this sweet thing.
This is Maggie...a 10 week old French Bulldog
that my bestie is dog sitting.
I wanted to dog nap her and take her home with me!




 - I love that we had wonderful weather for the first
evening since the time changed.
I sat on the back deck and relaxed for a few while the pups played.

- I love today's technology!
This is the Facebook chat.
I love my sister!



 - It has taken all I have to get out there and run.
The joys of womanhood is going on right now,
and I just feel pretty blah.
I do however love this picture from the track.
 



- I'm counting the days down till June.
I'm so ready for vacation!

- I finally got a new wallet!
My 31 wallet was looking pretty dingy,
so tonight at Target I purchased this cutie.
And it holds a ton of stuff!
 



Now if only I could find a could purse!
Do you carry black purses year round??
My black Coach purse that I carry...
I wonder if I should get a light color for the new season.
What's your thoughts?


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Split Half and Half.

Oh ladies.
I wish I could vent and blow steam on here.
But I'm not.
As much as I want to,
and know how wonderful it would feel,
I realize I am just  
frustrated in the moment...
and soon it will pass.

It has to do with a hobby of my honey's.
And that is golfing.
Why must it be so addicting?

I mean seriously.
It's like sometimes I feel as if him and golf
are married,
and I just get to spend time with my husband 
the remainder of the time.
 
Does anyone else feel like this?
 
Maybe I'm being dumb...
and even a slight bit selfish,
because hey...they need their fun,
and something they can enjoy.
 
 But geez.
How many golf balls can one guy hit?
 
I will say this...
he is pretty hot while doing so.
 
 
Told ya. 
:)


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Embrace the Camera : 3-1

My lovely sister made me wanna do this fun link up!
It seems I'm all about link ups these days,
so bare with me...
one of these days I'll have a fabulous post to do! :)



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Lazy days with the man I love.