Memorial Day Weekend 2018: Trip to Indy & the Indy 500

Hey all!  This recap comes a little late, as it is almost the weekend again (yay!), but I wanted to make sure to record this past weekend, since it was a good one!

Friday was a weird day.  The first issue was with Blogger and comments no longer being emailed after published.  Which means that I cannot email a response to them, which is kind of frustrating.  I really appreciate comments and while I have been a bit behind on responding lately, I still try to do so and catch up when time allows.  After a little bit of googling to try and figure out the solution with no avail, I decided to give up and hope that it would be remedied by Google soon.  Definitely a 'first world problem', especially with what happened later on that day.  

If you remember, there was a bombing in a restaurant in Canada.  I learned that one of the people closest to me has family that frequents, or rather frequented, that restaurant often.  While they were not there at the time of the bombing, the fact that it was a place they do go, is just really, really scary.  

Also on Friday was another school shooting.  It's kind of crazy that just last week I touched on a school shooting in my weekend recap and there is another one.  Too much.  This one was much more personal for me, too.  I learned of the shooting via text from my brother.  He said there was a shooting, and that it was NOT my sister in law's school.  But it could have been.  Same area, same grade, same subject.  Even though I knew she was ok, it still brought tears to my eyes.  It's just too dang close to home.  It was interesting to hear later on in the weekend how her school handled it, as well as hearing her talk about the teacher who was able to stop the shooter and hold him down until people could come...while inflicting 3 gunshot wounds.  Every time this happens I just think, ok this time somethings going to change.  But it doesn't seem to, and if anything, this seems like it's getting to be more and more common.  I don't want to get political, I don't know what the right answer to this is, but I think that we can all agree that something has got to change.  And I will get off my soapbox now, but Friday was just a doozy.  Along with those things happening, work was kind of crazy.  I was so very glad when it was time to head on out.  I don't think I did anything of note Friday night, honestly I can't even remember right now!

Saturday I got in a quick walk before it was time to head on over to Indy.  

I was excited to see my family, and for the Indy 500 the next day!  We didn't do too much - relaxed on the screen in porch, played with my nephew, and ate some yummy food for dinner.  I tried to head to bed early, but the walls at the hotel were paper thin and the neighbors were a bit loud.  I kept trying to turn the TV up to drown out the voices, but that didn't necessarily work and then the TV was blaring, haha!  Oh well, I finally dozed off to sleep.

Wake up time was EARLY on Sunday.  I got all ready and my brother and dad came to pick me up.  I think they were at the hotel around 4:40.  We were ready to go!  My sister in law was able to get a friend's media pass that he wouldn't be using, so we had really close parking.  It was quiet, too, which was nice.  I think we all caught a little extra sleep in the car before the canon went off to let us know it was time to go in.  My dad was still snoozing, so my brother and I let him sleep a little longer until we headed in.  First stop was one of the stores to get some goodies.  My nephew LOVES little cars, so my brother picked him up a few new ones, I grabbed a t shirt to change into, a new mug and my dad also got some things, too.  We headed over to the infield area to meet up with my sister in law, and cracked open a few drinks and ate some breakfast.  While it was so warm that day, the morning was actually really nice and we all enjoyed hanging out.  We made another trip to pick up another car for my nephew and headed back to the tailgate area until it was time to get to our seats.  Luckily we were in the shade for a bit, but after awhile we were right in the sun and man, was it hot.  Luckily there was a breeze every once in awhile, and the clouds would occasionally cover the sun for a nice reprieve.  Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem, Chris Hemsworth was there to wave the green flag, and Nick Cannon did a few laps around the track in the beginning.  The race itself was a little slow - not much passing.  Pretty much the only change in order happened during pit stops / caution times.  My brother suggested we leave a little early, and we were all down for that.  It was nice to get in the car and cool down!  We listened to the rest of the race in the car and I may have taken a little nap during the ride home.  While this is only the second time I have attended the race, I can't say enough good things about it.  I am not a big race car fan, but just the atmosphere / experience is so neat.  You see ALL kinds of people - in one area it's like you are at a music festival of sorts, another area it's just one big tailgate party, and then you have the stands where you again see it all.  If you ever have the chance to go, I highly suggest it!  




Once back, we visited a little bit, and then made a last minute decision to ditch the hotel and just head on back to St. Louis.  The ride was relatively uneventful, which is always a good thing.  

Monday was another really warm day.  I got in a walk in the morning, but it was already so darn hot - and it was just around 8:00!  The rest of the day was spent doing laundry and relaxing.  I was originally hoping to get in a little time at the pool, but with the heat, I think the time it would have taken me to get ready and walk over the pool would be longer than the time I could actually last out there!  As I mentioned on Tuesday, I wasn't feeling the best Monday afternoon/evening so I just read and tried to mentally prepare myself for the week ahead.   


What's Up Wednesday: May 2018

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I can't believe we are at the end of May.  I was starting this post and thought I was needing to look back on April...definitely got that wrong!

What I'm eating this week...

Monday: I wasn't feeling great so no dinner was had.
Tuesday: Kind of a weird pairing, but it turned out really well!  Two over easy eggs on top of mashed cauliflower, sprinkled with Everything but the Bagel seasoning and a side of asparagus.  It was super good!
The rest of this week is up in the air.  I am hoping to make do with what I have in the fridge / freezer if I can.

What I'm reminiscing about...having summers off - those were the days!

What I'm loving...nothing is coming to mind.  I think my mind is just too worn out to think of a good answer to this one, haha!

What I've been up to...working!  It kind of feels like that is it.  Oh, and buying a condo (like I could forget that!).  I haven't closed, that will come next month, but I am under contract and so far everything is going as it should.  Fingers crossed it continues to do so!

What I'm dreading...writing that down payment check.  Part of me is really proud of myself and really excited that I was able to do this.  The other part of me kind of gets sick at the amount of money that is going to be gone in a snap.  I know it's worth it, though! 

What I'm working  We have had a bunch of things going on, and they are all coming to an the same time.  It's been a lot!  And also, trying to plan out what I want to do with my condo.  I have a few things that I want to get done prior to moving in, so I need to get all that set up and ready to go.  

What I'm excited condo!

What I'm watching...I just got done watching the Kennedy's series on CNN - it was SO interesting.  Next up is the 1968 series, along with all my normal 'fluff' shows.

What I'm reading...I just finished Mary Kay Andrews recent book, The Hide Tide Club.  I picked up a few more at the library, but haven't really gotten into anything new yet.

What I'm listening to...oldies!  I turned on the oldies station when I am cleaning, or reading.  My parents listen to that type of music a lot, so I think it just reminds me of them, and of the summer, too.

What I'm wearing...Layers.  I get really warm when getting ready for the day, so I always head in to the office sans cardigan, but about an hour into work it goes on.  

What I'm doing this weekend...I have no set plans, which I am kind of excited about.  I have a few work trips coming up, followed by my closing, so I am looking forward to a little bit of nothing before it is go, go, go.  If the weather cooperates, I am really hoping to get in a pool day!

What I'm looking forward to next month...a lot - work trips, closing, my parents's going to be a good month!

What my favorite summer salad...I actually did a post last week that shared 5 of my favorite salads.  All of them are delicious and perfect for summer when you are craving lighter meals!

Linking up with ShayLindsayJenn and Jessi.

Still Weekending...

Or rather, I wish I were still weekending.  This weekend was really great, as I got to see my family and headed to my second Indy 500 race.  However, yesterday when I was about to start my weekend recap post I started feeling really crappy, and ended up relaxing on the couch instead.

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.  I will be back tomorrow with What's Up Wednesday!


Friday Favorites: A Random Mess of Things

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Happy, happy Friday!  Today I have quite the mix of favorites to share with you.

1.  Ever since the royal wedding (really, even from the royal engagement) I have been obsessing a bit over Meghan Markle.  Or rather, I guess I should say, the Duchess of Sussex.  Or Her Royal Highness, Princess Henry of Wales (that one just doesn't seem to roll off the tongue as easily).  Let's be real, we are all going to probably call her Meghan Markle for the long haul.  Anyways, I very vaguely knew that she had a lifestyle blog for a few years, but I never thought to look around it, which is kind of sad, because it is now defunct.  But it goes to show you that rarely is anything actually gone forever from the internet, because you are still able to access some of the posts.  I read a few articles this week which gave a little insight on her daily routine (read here), provided a few recipes from her blog (read here), and then another one which includes wellness tips, as well as a recipe for her go-to smoothie (read here).  

2.  I know that Lara Bars have been popular for awhile, but I never gave one a try until this week.  I was needing something I could snack on while at work (or home), since Trader Joe's discontinued my beloved cinnamon almonds.  Still so sad about that.  I still like Trader Joe's cocoa glazed almonds, but they can be a little messy to eat and more than once have I dropped one on myself while at work, and sat through the rest of the day with a nice little dusting of cocoa on my pants that just wouldn't wipe away.  Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World recommended the banana chocolate chip flavor, so I thought I would give that a try.  It literally tastes just like banana bread!  So good!  I also grabbed the peanut butter cookie flavor that sounded really good (weird because peanut butter cookies are never my first choice), and that wasn't bad either.  I definitely would say out of the two, though, the banana chocolate chip is better.  I think I was scared, because a lot of the bars I have tried lately are protein bars and I just can't get past the protein taste.  Even the Quest S'mores bars I used to really like were tasting bad to me.  And while I know a Lara Bar isn't a protein bar, I was still concerned that it would taste too 'healthy'.  I just wanted something good that wasn't terrible for me.  And now I have found it!  

3.  I saw this NYX Matte Setting Spray in one of Caitlin @ Southern Curls and Pearls' posts, and thought it would be great to try.  I had kept it in mind for the future, but when I was at Target this past week, it was on one of the end aisles.  Figured that was a sign, so I threw it into my cart.  I am so glad I did!  I need something matte, because my face gets pretty oily when it's warm outside.  I could really tell a difference in how my face felt at the end of the day.  While I still was shiny, it was definitely less shiny than normal and I could just feel there was a difference, if that makes sense.

4.  With the warmer weather, my favorite tea (Hot Cinnamon Sunset) was seeming a bit too fallish.  I grabbed a few leftover bags of tea from a meeting to try them out, and while I have had a few misses, I did find a good one.  Tazo Wild Sweet Orange.  It's so good!  The taste is very light and refreshing, which is just what I was looking for.  Sweet, but not overly sweet.  I was so pleasantly surprised when I tried it, and even though I have tried a handful of others since, nothing has measured up.  And while this isn't my favorite, I did want to share in case anyone else was thinking of trying it - I grabbed Blueberry Green to try and while it smells SO good, it tastes like plain, old green tea (which I am not a huge fan of).  I was really hoping for a good mix of blueberry flavor in there, but I feel like it's only a tiny hint, if that.  Basically the blueberry makes it smell delicious (kind of reminds me of the scented markers!), but the taste is, like I mentioned, just the taste of green tea.  So if you have been thinking of giving it a go in the hopes that it tastes more like blueberry, I personally would pass and look for something else.  If you have any 'warm weather' tea flavors you'd recommend, please share!  I know I am WAY ahead, but I am pretty sure a tea sampler is going to be on my Christmas list this year, that way I can try a bunch of different ones without having to buy a whole tin!     
Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Herbal Tea Filterbags (20 count)

5.  Once again, I have fallen into the trap of looking at blog posts sharing sales, when I know I need to be saving my money for house expenses.  I was better this time, and didn't actually buy anything, but I am sure loving a few things.  First, a quick review of the black dress I did buy last week.  I got it in this week and already wore it.  I love it.  The fit is great (I got my normal size), and it's very comfortable.  I wouldn't mind it in a few different colors - just seems like such a great basic to have one hand. 

 Now, onto the new items I am lusting after.  This Nordy Girl sweatshirt is adorable - I really like the navy and pink combo.  Really, I just love this whole entire outfit on the model

I think this tank (not on sale, but I saw it someplace this week) would be great for work, and then paired with jeans.  The pleating on the shoulders/sleeves is different enough to add interest, but it's still a classic look.  

Another cute top is this peplum top.  The navy and white striped is my favorite (that color combo will always be one of my favorites).  I think the cut looks super flattering, like the ruffles at the top, paired with the peplum at the bottom would give you a nipped in waist, even on those days you might not feel that 'nipped' in.  
I've seen this ruffle sweater multiple places and I love it more and more each time!  I am going to stop myself there - I feel like I could keep going on - so many cute things out these days!

I hope you all have a great long weekend.  I am going to be enjoying it to the fullest, and will be back on Tuesday with a recap of the weekend.

May Confessions

Time for some confessions...

I confess...I had a scare in one of our elevators at work this week, and now I am jumpy every time I get in one.  I was in there with a co-worker, and we were both headed to the same floor.  We get there, and then all of a sudden the elevator kind of shakes, feels like it almost drops a bit and makes some pretty scary, loud noises.  Then it just stops.  My co-worker hits the 'open door' button and while the doors don't open, the elevator starts to head down.  It stops a few floors lower, but again the doors don't open.  My co-worker hits our floor again and we are taken there, and the doors open with no problem.  But I still you what, I was shaking about an hour later.  Getting stuck in an elevator is one of my fears, and I am so thankful that I wasn't in there alone!  I am not sure I will be getting on the elevator alone for awhile.

I confess...Sunday night I went to bed while it was still light outside.  It felt so weird, but I woke up feeling well rested the following day!  I didn't have anything going on Monday night either, so I thought I would get in some extra sleep then, too.  Guess I must have gotten too much on Sunday, because I was wide awake for what seems like forever.  I had the best of intentions, too!

I confess...I really want to get a pedicure.  That is so out of character for me - I always prefer to do my nails myself.  I think I can count one one hand the number of times I have had my nails done, and I never felt like those times were anything special.  It's just not my thing.  But for some reason the thought of someone else doing all the work, and having my feet soaked and scrubbed sounds really, really nice.

I confess...everytime I read of someone doing Whole30, I want to try it myself.  It's sounds like a neat thing to do, and part of me just wants to test myself to see if I actually have the restraint and willpower to stick with it.  And then I start thinking more about it, and it seems like less and less of a good and realistic idea.  I feel like a lot of what I eat on a regular basis, even when I am eating well, would not be compliant and making that big of a change seems like a big hassle.  But then at the same time, I would love to see what kind of results I would have - would I have more energy, would my skin be more glowy, would I feel better as a whole?  It's an internal argument I have with myself on the regular.  

I confess...instead of confess, it's more like, oops, I did it again (please tell me you thought of Britney Spears when you read that, because I totally had it in my head as I wrote this).  I mentioned in my last confessions post that it never fails - when I got to Target, I almost always have to go the next day because I forgot something.  And I thought it was too timely that I had to mention it again, because it literally happened to me Tuesday/Wednesday.  I had a Target trip planned for Tuesday, had my list already and when I got home, I realized I didn't grab tea.  And since I usually drink tea at work, I wanted to make sure I got it sooner than later.  So Wednesday after work, I was back at Target.  It worked out, because I ended up picking up a few other things, including an awesome Father's Day card for my dad.  Pretty happy with myself that I am ahead of the game on that!  Very rarely does that happen when it comes to cards.

I feel like I could go on and on, but I will leave it at that!

Linking up with Owen.

Food for Thought...Saying Yes

I had something else planned for today, but I thought I would instead share what was on my mind last night.

I feel like more and more you hear people talking about saying no.  Saying no to taking more on when you are already overwhelmed, saying no to whatever may add to your already full plate, etc.  And I fully concur with this.  Sometimes it is important to say no to relieve yourself of some unnecessary stress.  I have done that plenty of times myself.  It is important to be able to say no.

But as much as we hear that it is ok to say no, I think we need to be careful not to get into a pattern of always saying no.  As ok as 'no' is, so is saying yes.  If we keep saying no under the assumption that we are clearing our plate, so to speak, then eventually our 'plate' is going to be empty.  We have to make sure that it's a balance.  

Yesterday was just a long day for me.  It started off poorly and little things here and there just kept happening that continued to put a sour taste in my mouth.  Usually on days like that, I would get home and just want to hole up in my comfy clothes, with a glass of wine and a good book or TV show.  I had dinner plans, though, with my church circle.  When it came time to RSVP for the dinner, I hesitated about responding yes.  I know things would be kind of crazy at work and that I probably would be stressed and tired, but it sounded fun, and it was at Olive Garden - my fave.  So I said yes.  And even though it was a bit of a crappy day, that dinner was a highlight, and if I would have said no, I would have missed out on a really good time.

That is something I am noticing with my involvement in church as a whole.  I keep saying yes to things, and I know I am better for it.

I guess my point of this ramble is that in this day and age when saying 'no' is so highly touted, don't forget to say yes sometimes, too.  It's all about balance, and you have to balance all those 'no's with some 'yes's. 

Yesterday was just a reminder of that to me, and I thought typing it out and having it on the blog would be a permanant reminder to myself (and maybe you, too).     

Linking up with LindsayJenn and Jessi.  

5 Favorite Salads

Like most people, warmer weather has me wanting to eat lighter.  That includes more salads.  I tend to get tired of eating the same thing over and over again, so it's nice to have a few different salad options to rotate.  Below are five of my favorites, in no particular order.

1.  Everyday Salad.  I usually have a salad for lunches, and if it's not taco salad (see number 5) it's most likely this salad, hence the name 'everyday salad'.  It's nothing fancy, only 3-4 things depending on what I have on hand, but I really enjoy it.  A mixture of chopped hearts of romaine lettuce and 50/50 salad mix, cut up cucumber and sliced green olives.  I top it with an Italian dressing, and it is so good.  I love cucumbers, so I always add in a lot, and then the olives give it a good, salty taste.

2.  Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad from Creme de la Crumb.  I am sure I have shared this before, but it's delicious!  I LOVE pasta, so any place I can add it, while still feeling like I am eating healthy is a win for me.  The oranges and cranberries add great flavor, as do the cilantro leaves.  It's just very fresh, but still filling.  I will say that the dressing in this recipe did not turn out for me, so instead I use balsamic dressing.  Tastes delicious!
Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing |

3. Copy-cat Portillo's Chopped Salad.  My mom and grandma make this salad a lot, and it's always a treat.  I thing all salads should be chopped salads.  There is just something so nice about being able to get a little bit of everything into one bit.  Not to mention, it's a whole lot easier to eat them!  And again with the addition of pasta to salad.  That will always be a good idea in my mind!

4.  Chopped Salad with Roasted Vegetables from Dinner at Tiffani's.  This is another that my mom makes a lot, which I love.  I discovered roasted vegetables a few years ago and I cannot get enough of them.  The flavor meld so well together, and you still get the crispness from the lettuce.  The chickpeas add extra protien, and the cheese is just the icing on the cake.  When my mom makes this to bring over, she usually puts the stuff in individual containers - roasted veggies together, lettuce separate, chickpeas separate, and then it gets all tossed together right before we eat.  There is always some leftover, which does last me a few days, even mixed together.  Just to note - we don't add in the salami (usually this is paired with a protein for our meal), and then dress it with an Italian dressing.

5.  Turkey Taco Salad.  I am still stuck on this turkey taco salad for lunch.  I have been alternating it every other week, so I don't over do it, because I sometimes have a tendency to do that!  One thing I love about this, is the ingredients are minimal.  Hearts of romaine for the lettuce, ground turkey with Chi Chi's seasoning, pico de gallo, and monterey jack cheese.

If you have a favorite salad, I'd love to hear about it!   


Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Friday seemed like a longggg day.  It was a struggle to get out of bed (I blame the rain), and the day just seemed long at work.  We actually had what they call 'Spring Fling' here at work, where we get a gift, free lunch and have some fun little activities, like a photo booth and then other things, like games.  It was also sign up time for Pedal the Cause, which is a cancer fighting, fundraising, biking event.  As part of their booth, they had a bike with a blender on the back of it - so you could pedal and create your own smoothie.  I did it (in heels I might add), and got so out of breathe!  I kept going and going, because no one told me I was done (and I couldn't see the blender since it was on the back), and was really feeling it.  Kind of embarassing, haha, but fun at the same time!  Definitely helped break up the day and lighten the mood.  Which was much needed after seeing that there was another school shooting.  It's amazing how desensitized we are to these things.  Just a few years ago, it would be all everyone would talk about, and things would almost come to a standstill at this type of tragedies.  Nowadays, that doesn't seem to be the case.  Everything about the whole situation is just very sad.  Things have got to change!

Well...I don't know how to transition from that, so I am not even going to try to make it smooth, because it wouldn't be.

The whole day it was rainy and dreary, which made things perfect for a happy hour at home, rather than out.  One of the highlights of the evening was FaceTiming with my brother and nephew, who was in such a good little mood.  I get to see them soon and I cannot wait!

Saturday, of course, was the royal wedding.  I didn't get up early for it, but I had two different stations recording, and once I got up, I watched one of them from the beginning.  It was just lovely!  I took a break in the afternoon for lunch, and a trip to the movies to see Deadpool 2.  It was good - definitely worth a see!  Just so many great one liners.  The ending left is pretty open for another one, so I am curious what they do next.  I got home and turned on the royal wedding...again.  I read most of the night, but had it on in the background.

Sunday was Sunday school and church.  One of the girls in my small group has a little baby who is just the cutest thing and for whatever reason, she has decided to take a liking to me.  I got to hold her for a bit which was such a treat!  I was living on the edge yesterday, and went to the grocery store sans list after church.  That's never a good idea for me, but surprisingly, I only forgot a few items, all of which I can just pick up today or later this week.  I spent the rest of the day getting ready for the week.        

Linking up with Biana and Lindsay

Friday Favorites: Books, Wish List Items, Baked Beans, A Dress & A Day in the Life

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Happy Friday!

1.  The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews.  Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite authors, and I was SO excited to see that she had a new book out.  I don't 'follow' authors so to speak, so I rarely know when my favorite authors have new books coming out.  I was at the library picking up a book I had requested, when i decided to take a look at the 'New Books' section - I always like to see what is out.  You can imagine my surprise and excitement when I saw her name pop out at me on the book spine.  SO excited.  If you haven't checked out one of her books before, now is the time.  They are good reads anytime, but I feel like even more so when it's summer.  (I know it's technically spring, but it sure feels like summer around here).  Speaking of summer reads, I started A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer earlier this week and it seems like it would be another great book to read this time of year.  It sounds super familiar, like I have read it before, but when I checked, I hadn't so who knows what I am thinking.  But, the first bit reeled me in and I am interested to see how the story unfolds.

2.  Lately, instagram has been pulling me in with their ads, two in particular.  Ann Taylor has this super cute dress with a knotted / twist detail in front.  I feel like this could be dressed up or down, and would be really flattering.  It initially caught my attention for work wear, but throw on some sandals and I think you'd be good to go.  The second ad that had me clicking on it was for wooden signs (Smallwood Home).  I really want a sign for my new place, and love the look of all these.  I feel like they are normally really expensive, so what had me clicking on it was that they were on sale!  Quite on sale, too.  Unfortunately, I have to save my money for the not so pretty things right now (aka washer, dryer, refrigerator, electrician, etc.) and those unexpected costs that I know will come up, so I will just admire these items from afar.  But well done, instagram, well done.  You had me clicking!

3.  Growing up, we would occasionally have breakfast for dinner some nights.  One of the things that was always served on the side of our eggs was baked beans.  I absolutely love that combination, and was beyond excited when I went to make breakfast for dinner this week and found a can of baked beans to add to the meal.  I don't know if it is because it's somewhat of a comfort meal that reminds me of home, or that it is just breakfast for dinner which is a treat anyways, or what, but it was gooooood!  Writing this just has me hungry for it all over again!  I wanted to share because it was a favorite of this week, and because if you haven't had those two together before, you need to!  

4.  Well, I am contradicting myself.  I started on this post earlier in the week, and in my second favorite, I mentioned not spending money...and then I went and bought a new dress.  Not the one I referenced above, but a different one.  I fell into the blogging trap, because a few of my favorite bloggers (Honey We're Home & Fancy Ashley) kept mentioning how their favorite racer back tank dress was on sale for $30.  I feel like this dress has been around for years and seems like such a great staple.  I actually think I bought one a few years ago, but ended up with the wrong size and just never exchanged it and got a new one.  But anyways, I bought it in black, and it came in exactly at $30.64 for me.  Pretty good deal, I think!  I think it would be great for work with a blazer or cardigan, paired with heels.  I also think it would be equally great dressed down with some flat sandals.  I can't wait to get it in and see how it fits - hopefully it's a keeper!       

5.  I am pretty sure that Day in the Life posts are EVERYONE'S favorite.  And if not everyone, at least the large majority of bloggers and blog readers.  Yesterday's Girl Chat link up topic was just that - a day in the life post.  I shared my Friday from a week ago, and really enjoyed reading those posts from the ladies that linked up.  You can click here to check out my post, and then as you scroll on down, you can click on everyone else's to see what their days look like.  And on the topic of Girl Chat, the next one coming up is June 21st, and the we will be chatting about hair products.  I have a few tried and true items to share, but I am really hoping to read about what others use, especially ones that fight humidity and add volume!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie. 

Girl Chat: A Day in the Life 5.11.12

Hey all!  SOOO excited about today's link up.  Can't wait to read all about your days.

I documented last Friday, May 11th.  So let's get to it, shall we?

4:25 - Alarm goes off.  It used to be 4:30, but somehow those extra 5 minutes make a difference!  I know this is early, and yes, it does suck some days.  But I have things I want to get done in the morning.  I am definitely an early bird, and while this is a bit extreme, I can be so unproductive after work, depending on how that day goes, so to get what I want done, I do it first thing.  This day I definitely wanted to stay in bed, but the promise of coffee and waffles after my workout got me going.

4:34 - Bible and devotional time.  This is something I started doing last year, and it really helps start the day on the right foot.  I am still making my way through my one year bible...which I started at the beginning of last year, but I am into November now, so I should make it through before the end of the least I would hope so!  As I read my devotional, I like to make note of specific verses I like.  I have a running list of them in my 'Notes' app and every once in awhile I refer back to them.  Ideally I would like to learn some of these by heart, but right now I am just listing them out.

4:47 - Instragram.  Sometimes I give myself 5-10 minutes before my workout to peruse Instagram.  Kind of work myself to actually working out.  I snapped a screenshot of a snack idea from Taylor @ The Sarcastic Blonde.

4:51 - Work out.  Today was hard.  Pretty much all workout days are hard, but this seemed even more so.  I was feeling like jelly at the end.  Even though I dread it at the beginning, I am always glad to do it!  

5:41 - Eat and blog.  Friday = coffee and waffles for breakfast, which is always such a treat.  I use this time to link up, and read a few blogs if I have time.  This would also be the time I get my lunch together, if I haven't the night before.  But I did, so more time for blog reading!

6:38 - I think I headed to shower and get ready at around 6:10-6:15.  I was moving a little slow this morning, so it's a bit later than my normal.  I was picking out my clothes for the day and knew I wanted to wear my wedges, so I settled for a dress from Loft and a cardigan to go with it to ward off chilly office temps.  I always get warm from getting ready, so I head into work sans cardigan, but by about 9:00, I have gotten cold enough where I need it.

No pictures from work, but this is how the day went.  I headed out about 7:10ish, got to work shortly after, worked until lunch, ate lunch (taco salad) in our cafetorium (cafeteria + auditorium - cafetorium) with some coworkers, worked some more, and then it was finally time to head out and start the weekend! 

4:08 - Happy hour!  After having a few good runs at this place, this experience wasn't the best.  The apps were messed up, and I decided to try a new drink that looks super good on the little table stand, but in reality was not good at all.  It was super strong, so that could have been it, but I probably had a total of 5 sips.

4:54 - After HH was a bit of a disappointment, it only seemed right to get some sweets to offset it.  Sarah's Cake Shop is so delicious.  The glitter balls are my absolute favorite.  I am not sure how to describe them, other than they have frosting and cake in the middle, but are a lot less dense than cake pops - it's more like true fluffy cake with a little bit of icing piped in there.  However they are made, they are good!  We also did a cookie dough truffle and a cake pop, as well as a petite four.  I had a taste of each to try, but they just didn't match up to the glitter balls!

5:58 - I settled in for an evening of reading.  Sandra Brown has been one of my favorite authors lately, and I really liked this one.  Usually her twists come out of nowhere for me, but this one I actually had a tiny inkling of 'who dun it'.  It didn't make the book any less enjoyable, though!

7:22 -  I took a little break from reading, and checked out what was on TV.  Nothing was really calling my name, that is until I saw Coyote Ugly was on!  I am pretty sure I still know all the words to those songs - I don't know if I had the soundtrack, or just had those songs on a mixed CD or what, but I was singing right along at certain parts.

10:00 - I didn't grab a picture, but I think I went to bed around this time.  It was kind of a weird night because I had all this nervous energy about my inspection the following day.  I had a hard time falling asleep, which isn't usually the norm for me, but it happens!

While it wasn't the most exciting day, I feel like the mundane days are the ones I enjoy reading about, so hopefully you will feel the same.

If you want to check out any other of my Day in the Life posts, click on the links below.

August 2017 
(apparently when I posted in August I totally forgot I did one in February because I said it was my first one! whoops!)

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