Favorite Workout Songs

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing my favorite workout songs with you. I tend to listen to whatever music plays along with the exercise DVD I’m doing so I don’t listen to my own music. But, if I did, here’s what I’d listen to!

And then I’d start in with either one of these:

This is more than enough to get me through!

Question of the Day
What’s on your workout playlist. Please do share!

My Favorite Halloween Costumes

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m showing you my favorite {past} Halloween costumes. Since I don’t have access to my childhood photos and I don’t really remember what I was because Halloween has never been a holiday I’ve really liked, I’m going to show you costumes that I like now…..

And, I’m drawing a blank.

Seriously.

About the only things I like about Halloween are the Reese’s pumpkins and cooler nights with crisper air and baking good things in my kitchen.

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Wordless Wednesday!

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


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Transformation Tuesday

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m showing you a transformation. This one. And a follow-upAnd a follow-up to the follow-up.

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Just to throw a few numbers at you, that’s a tight size 14 on the left and a comfortable size 8 on the right. Uncomfortable and awkward and insecure on the left. More comfortable, less awkward and more secure on the right.

I like my size 8.

 

A Day in the Life

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m telling you about a yet another day in my life. Much like the last time, it’s really not all that interesting. And here we go.

6:00 am – Alarm goes off. I scroll through my Instagram feed, reducing the cobwebs in my brain to mere dust bunnies.

6:15 am – Get up, shower, get dressed.

6:38 am – Wake up the boy and get his breakfast ready and lunch packed. Put my face on and get my hair done.

7:15 am – Chauffeur the boy to school and then drive my own self to work.

7:45 am – Arrive at work 30 minutes before my shift begins. Putz around reading blogs on the internet, drink coffee, remember to wear lipstick. Apply lipstick.

8:30 am – Work. Go to Starbucks to pick up my order for a meeting. Go to Erik’s Deli to get lunch for same meeting. Eat my own lunch. Work more, yet feel unproductive.

5:00 pm – Depart work to pick up the boy from school. Meet at a friend’s house for a journey to a neighboring town to pick up two IKEA Billy shelves for my living room. Spend $40 on them.

7:00 pm – Home. Supper. Homework. Cleaning. Pull books and dustables off current bookshelf. Throw old bookshelf in the garbage. Reload new bookshelves with books and dustables. Make it look pretty..

10:30 pm – Bed.

And that’s today! Or, at least, that’s what I think will happen, since I’m publishing this in the early afternoon and I can’t tell what the rest of the day is going to look like. Alas, I don’t have ESP.

Some new acquisitions from the weekend. I love it when there are used book sales in my direct vicinity. I just couldn’t resist!

What Books I’m Reading

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing the books I’m reading right now with you. Right now I’m reading two books, one nonfiction and one fiction. Let’s get the fun one out of the way first.

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Need I say more? I’m all caught up with the TV series, thanks to friends who own the DVDs and the local library. I can’t wait for the next season! It has been really interesting to read the book with the knowledge of what happens in the TV series. It’s fascinating to see all the twists and turns and I absolutely love that each chapter is told from a different character’s perspective. It’s so entertaining!

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Oh, this book. I found this book last year and put it on my list of books to read. I finally checked it out at the library a few weeks ago. For me, this book is equal parts interesting and overwhelming. I want to know what happens, but I get so confused with all the people in it. I need a visual photo of each person so I can remember who is who and what position they hold with the Nazis or with the Allies or with the American government. It gets a little much sometimes, so I haven’t been diligent about reading it every day {like I have the fiction book mentioned above}. I’ll slog my way through it though, just because I find it interesting when compared to what I learned about in my American History II class my Sophomore year of high school. There’s so much detail in Larson’s book!

And that, folks, is what I’m reading now, in addition to blogs and weekly editions of TIME magazines. And the news, if I have time {which is rare}.

Question{s} of the Day
What are you reading now?
How do you read your news? {That’s kind of like asking, “How do you take your coffee?” or, “How do you like your eggs?” but not quite the same}
What’s your favorite news channel?

Top 5 Places I Want to Travel

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing the top five places I want to travel. The prompt didn’t give me a number, but I thought five sounded about right. With all of these places, I want to go where the tourists don’t go. I want to see it like the locals do, though still keep the wonder and awe, if that makes sense. So, here we go! Enjoy the virtual trip!

1. Ireland. I have always wanted to travel to Ireland. It’s in my ancestry and it’s always been such a fascinating place for me. It’s so green. Ireland strikes me as such an ancient place. The entire place has a story to tell and I want to hear it. I would backpack all over Ireland – I think that would be the best way to get to know her. I am fairly certain that if I went to Ireland, I wouldn’t want to leave.

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2. Canada, specifically Banff National Park. Ever since I read a Janette Oke series {the Canadian West series} as a young girl, I’ve wanted to go to Canada. And I wanted to meet a Mountie named Wynn and fall desperately in love. Well, none of that has happened, but I still want to travel to Banff. {I’m actually perfectly fine with not meeting a Canadian Mountie named Wynn, or named something else}

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3. Switzerland. When I was 10 or 11, I did a 4-H project about Switzerland. Ever since, I’ve wanted to travel there. It’s fascinating to me how they’ve remained neutral how they have so many cantons {26} and how they have four different languages. And the cows, don’t get me started on the cows. And the mountains and the chocolate and the cheese. But mostly the cows. {I wonder if my mom still has my scrapbook from doing this project – it would be fun to thumb through}

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4. The Smoky Mountains. Ever since I read Where the Red Fern Grows, I’ve wanted to see these mountains. They just look like they go on forever. A person could get beautifully lost in there.

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5. Australia, especially Victoria. I’ve always wanted to visit Victoria because it just looked so beautiful and harsh in The Man from Snowy RiverAnd don’t get me started on Australian accents. *swoon*

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As an aside, watch this video from the movie. It’s my favorite scene and I love it because it’s not CGI and the trees grow straight up the hill, but the slope of the hill is so not level. Amazing.

Ok, so, there are my top five places I want to travel. Yes, I know all of them are mountainous. I’ve never been much of a tropical, beach-going kind of girl. And that’s ironic because I can see the ocean from my living room window and the beach is a five minute drive away. I love the mountains. What can I say?

Question of the Day
Where do you want to travel? Share in the comments!

OOTD – Not Another One!

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing another outfit of the day with you. To be honest, I didn’t want to do this post. But, I’m one of those people who does things completely or not at all, so I’m doing it. I am not skipping a day, nor am I posting something else in lieu of this post. So there.

I’m going to level with you: I wore this outfit a few days ago. On Tuesday. And I loved it. I know I don’t look like I loved it in the picture, but I truly did. I felt womanly and confident and stunning in it, emphasis on confident. I must have looked alright because I’ve never had the door held open for me so many times, nor have I ever had people get out of my way so quickly. I do try not to be intimidating, but apparently when I wear coral and black and pearls, I give off the “woman on a mission” persona, even if it is just to pick up my Starbucks order {one regular and one decaf traveler} for work.

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It’s a little blurry because my photographer is 10 and he tried really hard to get a focused photo. This is the best one, so I’m using it. Can you tell I never know what to do with my hands? Truth. I don’t.

So…that’s my outfit from a few days ago. I think I’ll wear this one again soon. I love this skirt because it’s so versatile and it goes with so many tops.

Question of the Day
What’s your favorite style of skirt?

 

 

Fun Friday Five!

Ooooh, do I have some gems for you this week! I go from cookies to music to soul-searching and liberating stuff and then to San Francisco. Happy Friday!

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – these look delicious!!!!

2. I really like this cover, despite the fact that I tried really hard to dislike it. She did well.

3. This nugget of gold, from Rachel Brathen.

Don’t question where you are. Every difficult place you find yourself in is an opportunity for you to grow. To forgive. To love more than you ever have before. Take a deep breath and a big step back and look at the bigger picture. At the end of your life – will any of this actually matter? The drama? The gossip? The he said she said? No. What matters is how kind you are. How loving you are. What you choose to bring out into the world.

Today I chose love and honesty and forgiveness and letting go because those four things presented themselves to me, disguised by four difficult situations. We can choose to go with the drama and feel hurt or jealous it disappointed, or we can inquire and feel what we need to feel and open up and be intimate and sit with our emotions. I am so grateful for the tricky things in life. They give us so much.

4. THIS. ALL OF IT. EVERY SINGLE WORD. AND THE PICTURES TOO. GO. NOW.

5. These black and white photos of San Francisco from the 40s and 50s. Gorgeous.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you about five places I want to travel. Exciting!!!!

Thankful Thursday

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing a thankful moment, or several, with you.

Capturing moments like this is something for which I am thankful. These moments are so rare. I love how the wind is blowing through his hair, the way the sun is shining on his jeans and that he’s not paying any amount of attention to me. And that profile. I love capturing moments like this.

These moments are so simple it’s ridiculous. A deck of cards and some hot tea. We sit on the floor and we play rummy, go fish, garbage, speed and war. They’re what weekend mornings need to be sometimes.

 

Another ridiculously simple moment. Wine, a good man {that’s a high compliment, trust me}, the Duran Duran station playing on Pandora and dancing around the kitchen.

And last, but certainly not least, I am so very thankful for the ability to be silly. To make funny faces, to laugh, to make others laugh, to be lighthearted. More of that is needed in my life, to be quite frank. Oh, and pearls. I’m thankful for those too.

Question of the Day
What are you thankful for? Share in the comments!

 

Question of the Day
Any music you’d recommend? Share in the comments!