Snooze Me!

Happy Wednesday everyone! ūüôā ¬†We’re on the downward slope of the work week, and that can’t be a bad thing, right?

Weeks without Monday’s tend to go by a bit faster, ehh?

Last Night:  So I actually made it through an entire movie ON MY OWN last night!  I watched Pitch Perfect, without much background or knowledge about what I was getting into except that Anna Kendrick was in it and I absolutely adore her (hello girl crush!).

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While I was a bit doubtful as it started, I actually ended up really liking the movie. ¬†The singing was fantastic, and I recognized a lot of the songs (think anywhere from 80’s, 90’s, to current pop hits). ¬† The story line, while predictable, was cute and well executed. ¬†For musicals, I have to really get into the music to stick with it, especially when I’m completely aware that I’m going to be watching a musical, and Pitch Perfect succeeded.

Cute and worth watching :).

I made it to bed around 1030 last night after enjoying the movie and dessert.

This morning, I had my alarm set for 550 AM in hopes that it would leave me plenty of time to get my run in as well as take care of the furballs.

But, once 550, rolled around, all I had on my mind was

snooze

SNOOZE!

This has been happening to me quite a bit lately — I have grand intentions of a great AM/pre work workout, then the morning rolls around and all I do is snooze through the hour I have set aside for sweating. Whomp — I will say I’ve still been good about squeezing a work out in after work when this happens, but I really do want to get back into the habit of AM work outs. ¬†It leaves my afternoons free and that way I don’t have to worry about knowing I still have a work out after a long day.

SO — while I did hit that beloved snooze button for 10 minutes this morning, eventually I crawled myself out of bed (I literally had my clothes and shoes on the floor for easy and quick access) and made it to the treadmill for some speed work.

Workout today looked like:

10 minutes steady run (6.2-6.4)

20 minutes of Intervals:  1 minute 7.5-8.4 followed by 2 minutes at 6.4-6.5

10 minute steady run (6.2-6.5)

5 minutes incline walking 3.5-3.8 for cool down.

While I felt half asleep and like I had legs of lead the entire run, I finished strong and happy that I got this out of the way.

Total: 4.71 miles

Thanks to my snoozing, I thought I was going to be a little pressed for time so I hurried to get Gusman outside for his morning walk. ¬†It wasn’t quite as chilly as yesterday morning, but still sunny and beautiful.

I then hurried through my shower and getting ready routine to make sure that I was in the office before 830, and I succeeded with even a few minutes to spare :).  Look at me!

Now — I need to get to work so I can make it through this day! ¬†I have a hair appointment scheduled for 515 this afternoon, so I gotta make sure I’m out the door on time! ¬†I must admit, I’m a little anxious to get my hair cut. ¬†I’ve been growing it out for the wedding, and literally haven’t had it cut since December. ¬†A few weekends ago I noticed, after running my fingers through my wet hair post shower, that I had split ends literally almost an inch coming out in my hands. ¬†YIKES. ¬†I’ve been trying to get in since, and am just happy I could get squeezed in. ¬†I’ll take some pictures to show you guys the results!

QUESTION FOR THE DAY:

1.  Are you a snoozer?  How do I get out of this habit?

2. I have NO idea what I want to for dinner and have plans to run to the store at lunch hoping to find inspiration for a one person meal.  Any ideas?

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Who’s Dress Is It Anyway?

So — apparently my final dress fitting is for next Wednesday, August 7. ¬†Whomp whomp. ¬† Thank goodness I know myself and had the forethought to call and just make sure¬†that I had the correct date/time. ¬†Upp. ¬†Welp, expect a wedding dress update next week. ¬†BUT — I did get my hair and make up trial scheduled! August 12 after work, so that’s makes up for the disappointment of not having the dress fitting ūüôā

Anyway – Work was absolutely crazy this afternoon, but I did have my (current) favorite bar as my second work snack of afternoon.

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I love the think Thin bars because they have 0 grams of sugar, and quite a bit of protein.  And lets be honest, I love just about anything peanut butter.

And also — how cute is my cup? ¬†What you cant see is our wedding date written on the little handle. ¬†Adorable shower gift from Zach’s cousin that I just adore. ¬†Funny story with them: ¬†they were ordered from Etsy (Love supporting small business). ¬†The etsy artist, who will remain nameless, makes these personalized gifts for couples getting married. ¬†Well, Janessa ordered them offline and had them sent directly to us. ¬†When I pulled out the first one, I automatically fell in love. ¬† My Mrs. glass was going to be my coffee cup every weekend! ¬†Then I pulled out the second, and it was ALSO a Mrs. ¬†HYSTERICAL! ¬†I let Janessa know, and she was insistent to returning them — but I had a better idea. ¬†Keep both Mrs, one cup for work one for home for ME :). ¬†Sucks for Zach, but I thought and still think it was a fabulous idea.

By the end of the absolutely nutty work day, I was more than ready to head home (since I apparently wasn’t going to be getting all gussied up in white!) and enjoy dinner and a girly movie with the furballs.

After the chores (walking my favorite boy, watering plants, playing with the mini furball), I settled in for the night.

On tap for dinner:  Whole Foods Falafel Wrap

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Chips

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And cheesecake for dessert, with some frosting from a cupcake I stole from work on the side (I can pass up cake sometimes, but never icing).

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(I got a sampler for dessert for the week, I only ate one tonight, I promise ūüôā

All while watching Pitch Perfect on Demand.

Not a bad night if I do say so myself…

Question:  What do YOU do when your husband/partner/boyfriend/roommate is away for a night?

Book Review: Where We Belong

Through my travels and delays this past weekend to Indianapolis, I was able to get a lot of relaxing reading done via airplanes and airports.

Thanks to that, I finished the book I’ve been working on for a little while, “Where We Belong” by Emily Griffin.

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The story follows two characters, Kirby and Marian, who serve as the narrators of the story via their respective chapters.

Without giving away too much of the story, the first of our narrators, Marian, a powerful producer in New York, has a secret shes kept from everyone.  At 18, she found herself pregnant and in the midst of an emotional summer romance.  Enter the second narrator, the resulting kiddo, Kirby, whom at 18 she decided to put up for adoption so that Kirby would have the opportunities Marian felt she deserved.   The story follows the two of them as Kirby comes of age and decides to take it into her own hands to find out more about her birth parents and where she came from.  The ebb and flow of the relationship Kirby has with her parents, as well as her birth parents, kept me interested and invested in where the story was going to go until the very end.

This was Emily’s newest book, and I am no stranger to her as I have read all of her previous books (and absolutely LOVED them). ¬†I can’t recommend any of her books enough. ¬†If you are looking for a fun, easy read with a likely chance of falling in love with some characters, pick up anything by Ms. Griffin ¬†(I mean come on, has everyone seen Something Borrowed?).

With that said, this book was a different experience for me than I’ve had reading her other books. ¬† I hadn’t heard much about this specific story, and I think I went in expecting a very similar experience to what I’ve had in the past reading her novels, which I did not get. ¬†I struggled a bit with the novel in the beginning, as the story was developing. ¬†It could have just been my own reading of the novel, but I feltl it had a slow beginning as we were introduced to the characters. ¬†By about a quarter of the way in, things really picked up and once again I really looked forward to picking up the book every single time.

Something I really appreciated through out the story was the way she depicted family dynamics, both with Kirby and her blood relatives as well as the parents that raised her. ¬†I felt she did a wonderful job of staying true to the flux of emotions, changes, and dynamic nature of being a part of ANY family. ¬† I loved reading the changes that Kirby and her families fought through, and really respect Emily’s ability to depict very complicated interactions in a way that just felt right.

As I already mentioned, I recommend anything Emily writes, including Where We Belong.

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