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weekend things and MIMM

Summer is quickly coming to a close now it seems.  August has come and gone, and now September is here, along with shorter days, and crisp mornings and evenings.  We still get the warmth and heat from the day yet which is really nice.  I will enjoy the warm days and cool nights as long as I can.  But there is something nice about welcoming fall now, too.  I just wish our fall lasted much, much longer.  But, I digress.  So let’s get on with the fun link-up with Katie for some Marvelous in my Monday talk.

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Before I get too far into this post, I wanted to share a picture of part of the anniversary card that I made for my brother and sister-in-law.  I had recently made a card for a co-worker and had a fun time with it, so I decided to make a card for my brother and seester’s first anniversary!  (First anniversary ALREADY!  It went just so fast!)  Because she is originally from the Philippines and only came to America in July of last year, I kind of went with that as my “theme”.  She is used to the beach and warm, tropical areas, and we, living in Wisconsin, are accustomed to cold and lots of snow!  I have to say, I thought it was a really cute idea.  The inner left side was the picture, with the right side being my long, lengthy ramblings on to my brother and seester about just how much  I love them both 🙂  Maybe I won’t be a professional card maker, but I had a blast doing it and they loved it, which is all that matters.

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Friday evening was a designated cleaning/organizing/tidying up night, since the owner of our place and his realtor scheduled an open house for Saturday morning.  Aside from all the chaos with boxes and everything, we still had to make the place look somewhat decent.  We got the place looking really great and I discovered a new love that I will never go without again.  Friday was the first night that I used a Swiffer and my life has forever changed.  Cleaning up all the cat hair in the bathrooms and kitchen had been so laborious before, and now…well now it is SOOOO much easier!  As in, almost enjoyable.  I will never go without one again and am considering investing in a wet jet, since I’ve heard good things about that one too!

Saturday morning was pretty relaxed.  I woke up pretty early which was nice.  Scott was going over to my parents today to work on a threshold for a door in the garage.  So I had the morning to myself for a while.  And of course I snagged a few pictures of my kitties.  What is a post from Little Miss Fit without some pictures of my cats?  Seriously…I call the left one, Dexter’s thriller dance.  He’s a big fan of Michael Jackson… 😉  And that belly…haha I love it.

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After a relaxing early morning, I headed over to my parent’s house while the open house was going to take place.  I had a really nice chance to just spend time talking with my mom.  We rarely get a chance to really sit down face-to-face and talk for an extended period of time.  (We talk everyday, just by email mostly)  So that was really nice.  After the open house was done, I headed on over to the house to check on the cats before leaving to meet up with a friend.  We met at Starbucks, but neither one of us were feeling too good and ended up just having water and stealing a seat on their patio 😉  I recently started a new medication and my tummy has NOT been a huge fan of it…My stomach is normally really sensitive to begin with, and coffee is really rough on my stomach (I usually get the lower acidity coffee for that reason, Folgers Simply Smooth) so I knew that stronger coffee would just be a bad idea.  She, too, has had some recent health problems and needs to really work on hydrating, so water it was for us.  But we sat ourselves in the sunshine and had a chance to chat, which was longgg overdue.  It was a really nice time, as always.

I made my way home for a bit before I was expected to meet up with my brother and seester to go to the beach/a state park.  I started feeling really crappy though and just laid on the couch when I got home…I didn’t think I’d be able to meet up with them since my stomach hurt so bad.  I started to get frustrated with my new medication, and still am considering trying to switch/not take it.  But, I emailed my NP and asked her if this would be a long-lasting side effect, or just a result of me starting a new medication and my body not adjusting to it yet.  After laying down for a while, and after thinking about just how absolutely gorgeous the weather was with temperatures in the mid 70s and sunny, knowing that the warm days are not going to last much longer, I decided to still go with my brother and seester.  I was really glad I did, too.

We took a nice hike and then relaxed by the beach.  The pain subsided a bit, and I was able to actually enjoy myself, which was really nice.  I love spending time with my brother and seester so much.  My brother and I are both dealing with some similar struggles/issues right now, although a little different, and he has been a huge support to me lately, and I to him.  We have been talking with each other everyday and sharing a lot with one another and it really helps so much having him.  And I know that the support I’m giving him helps, too, even if it just means listening to him, or having him over in the evening.  Sometimes it’s just nice to have that distraction.

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It was really nice having that time with them and being able to be outside to enjoy the weather.  We made our way home, I ran to the store to get a few things, then relaxed the rest of the night. Scott’s mom’s cat is now staying with us, and he is so ravenous.  He will eat and eat and eat non-stop, until he ends up throwing up from eating too much, too quickly.  He doesn’t know his limits…so we really have to watch his food intake.  I thought that by putting the food on top of the fridge, it would be far enough away from him so that he wouldn’t get to it.  But I was clearly wrong.  I caught him climbing on top of the counter and then on top of the fridge…so now, the food is going inside the kitchen cabinets.  If he can find his way to open those, well then he must be the smartest cat ever.

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Scott didn’t get home until after 9:30.  After he finished up at my parent’s working on the door in the garage, he went over to a friend of his mom’s (where his mom is now staying until she moves in to her new place) to help work to install the bathroom floor and re-install the toilet.  He was a busy guy, and when he came home we just relaxed together for the evening.  It was a pretty chill night, which was nice.

Sunday I woke up super late, because I stayed up super, super late on Saturday night.  So, waking up so late in the morning, I felt super groggy and out of it after getting up.  Church was at one, and I spent an hour and a half just relaxing and waking up. Meeko came and snuggled with me on the couch, which I always love.  She’s the cutest little thing.

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I finally started to feel a bit better and more alive by the time we left the house, thankfully.  After church, we went grocery shopping together.  I got a workout in when I got home after we unpacked the groceries, and then did some cleaning out of our kitchen cabinets, and did some packing.  We did A LOT of cleaning out which was good and we are going to donate a lot of things that we have no need for to Goodwill, which I feel really good about.  We found this bad boy, which clearly came from Scott’s mom and just somehow made it’s way into our cabinets and has stayed there since Scott first moved in.  All I can say is, if we had known that this sucker was in our cabinets, we would have had bacon every.single.day lololol

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I did some meal prep for the coming start of the work-week, then my brother and seester came over for the evening to watch Sunday Night Football, Broncos versus Colts.  It was a great end to the weekend.  Ready to tackle another week.  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a marvelous Monday!! ❤

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Living in the sun (MIMM)

Oh this weekend has been so busy and but so great!  I will try to limit the words and share a lot of pictures!  Linking up for some marvelous talk for this Monday!

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Thursday after work, I came home and made some dinner, and then Scott and I met up to take Max for a walk.

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We both decided to go out for an evening/night run when we got back home.  It felt SO good to be running outside!  My legs felt like they were on fire.  I pounded out just over 3 miles!  The weather has been just awesome.  After our run and showering, we were both ready to plop our tooshies down on the couch.  We snuggled and watched Parks n Rec and of course the kitties made an appearance…

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Friday night I went out for a nice 3 mile run and two mile walk on a really awesome trail near our house.  I loved it!  It feels so good to be able to be running outside in the beautiful weather!

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After the run and making dinner for myself, I stopped over by my parents for a bit, then came home and relaxed with Scott.

Saturday, Scott was planned to spend the entire day over at his mom’s place, so I had the day to myself.  I had a slow, snuggly start to the day with breakfast, relaxing with my kitties and looking up information for my trip to Chicago (next week already!!!) with my brother and sister in law.

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I went for a run on my new favorite trail, made some lunch, and then met up with my brother and sister in law.  We went to a marsh just under an hour away from home.  We did lots of hiking and saw lots of animals and birds!  (including about 10 or more groups of goslings with their parents!)

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After hiking all day and being really active, we made our way home, I made some dinner for myself (which tasted SO good!), ran to the store, then Scott and I plopped ourselves down for the night and watched American Hustle.  It was a really interesting movie!

Sunday morning was a relaxed, slow start.  A tasty yogurt bowl hit the spot for breakfast.  Then Scott and I both made our way out to my new favorite trail 🙂 and went for a run together.  It’s been SO great to get out in the sun!

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After our run, I came back and showered up, made some lunch, then went to church.  After church, Scott and I took Max for a short walk.  I made my way home, made dinner, then Scott and I met up with my brother and sister in law for our first tennis session of the season!  Let’s just say I’m VERY rusty!  Phew!  These last few days have been super active, soaking up as much sunshine and beautiful weather as possible!  It’s been a tiring and busy weekend but it was just so great!  I couldn’t have asked for a better one!!

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Focusing on the Marvelous (MIMM)

It feels like I have been a stranger in the blogging world lately!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken the time to sit down and write.  Part of me has been pretty much failing to find any words worth typing.  I’ve lost a bit of my inspiration and desire lately…plus I’ve been pretty busy and just let other things take precedent over blogging.  But that being said, I miss it…a lot.  Blogging was one thing I did for myself and really benefit from and when I started crowding it out of my life, I felt the difference.  I didn’t feel as connected or rooted in my life.  I think blogging gives me time to just focus on my life and what’s going on, instead of running around like a crazy person.  It centers me and grounds me.

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So I will probably try to get into a deeper post in the near future, but for now, I’ll share some happiness highlights and hook up with Katie over at Healthy Diva Eats for my favorite link-up of the week…Marvelous in My Monday.  So without further ado, let’s get this party started…

Marvelous is taking a half day on Friday to go meet up with my brother and his wife for the afternoon.  Our initial plans kind of fell apart, but we still made the best of it and ended up having a really fun time, after all.  We went to the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee and took a wonderful hike.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a hike.  It was sunny, windy, and around 45-50 degrees.  After hiking, the initial cool breeze felt really welcomed and helped keep us comfortable for our hike.

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After our hike, we went for a late lunch.  Marvelous is…a big bowl of PHO!  My brother loves loves loves pho.  🙂  Jessa also got a durian smoothie…a very marvelous treat for her.  Durian is a fruit from back home in the Philippines which is a much-loved food that is eaten very often there.  But the catch?!  It is the MOST disgusting thing EVER.  The stench of it is so repulsive and the taste…oh…the taste is awful.  For anyone who does not live there and grows up with it, you would never in a million years have the taste for it.  If you are curious about just how stinky it is…check out this short video on youtube.  It is so worth it.  I laughed SO hard.

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I love this picture.  I think it’s because of the naturalness of it.  No forced smiles, no staged appearances.  Just…natural.  They’re diving into the limes right now haha

We had a really fun afternoon together.  It was definitely a much needed break from work and a great distraction from all the other stuff going on in my life right now.  That evening, I went over by my parents for a bit to watch NYPD Blue, then my brother and Jessa came over by my place to watch Full House.  Jessa caught a few episodes and loved it…and obviously my brother and I grew up with it, so it was fun to watch it again.  It’s a cute show.

Saturday was pretty marvelous.  I slept in late (9:15, I’m talking…and that is late for me!)  I had a slow start, just drinking my coffee.  Then headed out to Target.  I ended up hitting the jackpot!  I have been looking for some pants for work for the looooongest time.  Me being short, I can’t find pants that aren’t baggy at my feet.  All the pants I had been finding were either baggy in the legs, baggy by my feet, or baggy in my toosh area.  But I FINALLY found some pants that fit me perfectly!  I snatched as many as I could snag! 🙂  Plus I got some really snuggly sweaters.  I am such a huge fan of sweaters! 🙂  So it was a huge success!

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After that I met up with a dear friend of mine that I haven’t seen in so long.  She was actually a bridesmaid in my wedding.  Marvelous is…catching up with an old friend over coffee.  This was the first chance I had to tell her about the divorce and she was so wonderfully supportive.  I am so glad we had a chance to get together and talk.  She’s a dear friend and I hope I’m able to spend more time with her instead of letting life get in the way.

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I spent the rest of my day and night with myself.  It was actually much needed.  I did some tae bo.  Guys, I have seriously MISSED tae bo.  This used to be my go-to workout back in the day, and I hadn’t done it in forever.  But man-oh-man did I miss it and it is SUCH a good workout!  I’ve been doing it as much as I can the last week and I am loving it.  Not only is it a great workout but it is super therapeutic, too!  Billy Blanks is the man! 🙂

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After my workout, I decided to whip up a batch of these fabulous cookies!  I made some changes to the original recipe, but only small tweaks.  Nom nom nom.  I seriously could have eaten the whole batch of cookie dough and not made the cookies.  Marvelous is…baking and having the WHOLE house smell like pumpkin!

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After making my cookies, I was going to run to the store to grab some sushi for din din…but before I left, I saw how gorgeous the sky was looking, so I grabbed my camera before I hit the road.  That was the best decision I could have made.  I ended up driving and driving and driving just taking in the gorgeous sunset.  It started off beautifully, then just got more gorgeous as time went on.  I drove around some hilly areas near where I live just to try and get the best views I could.  It was not an expected outing, but I really enjoyed it…and got some gorgeous shots, too!  Marvelous is…unexpected journeys and gorgeous sunsets.

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After returning home from my escapade and the grocery store, I hunkered down on the couch with a book I recently got from Amazon, Lessons from the End of a Marriage, by Lisa Arends.  I am so so so happy that this wonderful lady found one of my blog posts and made contact with me.  That allowed me to find her blog and receive such hope and inspiration.  Her story is absolutely heartbreaking.  I was in such shock when I started reading about what happened to her and knew I needed to get her book.  I can’t wait to keep reading and follow her on her journey of processing the loss of her husband in the worst way possible, picking up the pieces, moving forward, and becoming a better and stronger person in the end.  It also shows me that others can truly identify with what I’m going through and that if they are able to come out on the other side, I most certainly can, too!

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I spent the remainder of the evening watching Knocked Up, which was actually a pretty good movie!  I was pleasantly surprised.  Sunday morning was another lazy start to the day, filled with blogging and drinking coffee. The rest of the day consisted of errands, laundry, a visit to church {(more on that at another time)} a nice walk outside, and the Packers game!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and a Marvelous Monday!!! ❤

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Little Bits of Joy

For this week’s link up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday, I decided to highlight some of the little bits of joy that have come up in my life lately.  As some of you know, a few weeks ago my husband told me that he wanted to get a divorce.  It’s been a rough few weeks, but I’m certainly working on shifting my focus on to more positive thinking and looking forward to the future.

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So that being said, I am going to share some of the positive, happy moments I’ve had lately.

1) My cat…especially when he plops down right next to the top of the stairs when I get home, waiting for me to rub his belly.  I literally LOVE that he does this.  For the longest time he hated whenever I rubbed his belly (as in he would grab my arm and attempt to gnaw it off) But something changed drastically for him, because now he willingly subjects himself to a belly rub everytime I come home (and sometimes in the mornings when I wake up, too!)  I can be in the grouchiest or crabbiest of moods when I walk in that door, but the minute I see him waiting for me at the top of the stairs and then proceed to collapse onto his side, looking up at me with those big puppy-dog (I mean, uh, kitty-cat eyes) waiting for me to rub his belly, I can’t help but feel happy and find myself smiling.

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This is him when on a day when he’s half-heartedly waiting for a belly rub.  He usually rolls around on his back from side to side, stretching out as long and fully as he can, and looking right up at me waiting for me to succumb to his cuteness.  He knows I can’t resist!

2) My amazing parents.  I am all too aware of the sad reality than many parents are not good parents to their children.  I consider myself extremely blessed and fortunate to have the best parents in the world.  They have never failed me.  At times when I was younger I found myself withholding information and things about my feelings, thoughts, etc. in fears that I would disappoint them or somehow upset them.  Throughout the years, our communication has vastly improved and I now feel that I can tell them absolutely anything and know that they will never stop loving me.  When things had initially started off being rocky between Scott and myself, I was very afraid to tell them.  Marriage is a very sacred thing in my family and the upholding of marriage vows is not something that we take lightly.  As such, I felt like I would be a failure to them if I admitted that there were problems in our marriage.  Eventually, I realized I couldn’t hold that information back from and had to tell them, regardless of my fears or worries.  I was so surprised how they handled it and continued to show their never-ending support and love for me.  They have been truly amazing and my two biggest supporters through everything, especially now that the divorce is moving forward.

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3) Watching NYPD Blue with my parents.  I used to watch this show with them years ago when I was younger and it was televised.  (Maybe not the best show for a youth to watch, it was pretty racy and they pushed lots of limits as far as what was on prime-time television at the time)  But regardless, it was a show I used to love watching with my parents in the past and they ended up getting about 6 seasons on DVD (the show was on for 12 seasons if that gives you any indicator as to how good the show really was!) since that’s all that are on DVD..so we started watching them together again.  I’ve been spending time with them a lot more lately, even if it’s just an hour in the evening to watch an episode with them.  I absolutely love the show and absolutely love spending that time with them, like we did in the past.

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4) Fall days.  Especially when they’re nice fall days.  I have been trying to get outside as much as I can because I love love love hiking and being outside in the fall.  Hiking and taking walks in the fall is one of my favorite things to do.  The temperature is perfect.  I throw on a sweatshirt and start off on the walk feeling a bit chilly.  Usually by the end, I’m ready to ditch the sweatshirt.  It’s my favorite weather for walking.  Saturday was perfect.  It started off sunny and with clear skies when they were predicting it to be cloudy all day long.  I had a car appointment in the morning but tried to make the most of the sunshine as possible…so I went for a walk right away when I got home.  The clouds quickly crept in, but I actually didn’t mind too much.  There is something that I still love about cloudy fall days while walking.  Maybe I’m crazy?! 😛

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You can see a huge difference from the beginning of the hike to the end of the hike.  I literally only took about a 45-50 minute walk and there was absolutely no blue sky about half way into my walk.  But it was still a perfect hike.

5) A day for me.  Saturday was just what I needed.  Friday night I ended up binging (which is something I have been surprisingly keeping pretty under control given the mess in my world lately) but instead of beating myself up for the slip-up, I chose to focus on how many nights I’ve been able to resist doing so.  I also didn’t let myself sit around and mope the next day either.  (Usually that’s what happens the next day)  So after my car appointment, I decided I was going to take the day for myself.  I took a nice hike, came home, and got myself all snazzed up (no sweats for this girl, which is my usual Saturday go-to outfit!) and went on my way.  I decided I was going to take myself down to the lakefront and go to a coffee shop that I went to years ago (and loved!) and hadn’t been back to since then.  I just love the place and the building and the whole environment.

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Snapped a pic, couldn’t resist.  The weather was so sketchy all day long.  It was sunny and raining on my way down to the lake…then just as quickly stopped…then started.  It was like that on and off all afternoon!

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The place was crowded when I got there which I fully anticipated.  The line was huge, but I was just really happy to be there.  For so long I wanted to just go and take myself out somewhere…do something on my own, by myself, for myself.  I brought some reading material with me and planned to just sit and read and drink my coffee.  To me, that is just pure bliss.

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Guys, it’s time for a confession.  I am a HUGE National Geographic magazine fan.  HUGE.  I also found the National Geographic Traveler magazine, too, which is also really awesome.  There is something about the NG magazine that i just love.  I love the photography.  I love how the photography is so raw and real.  You can see some pretty disturbing photos in the magazine.  While I don’t like the goriness of it, I love the truth in it.  They don’t doctor up the photos to be all beauty.  They show reality, whether it be ugly or beautiful.  Plus, I love the articles in there.  They shed light on so many interesting topics from across the world that I would never know anything about.  It is by far one of my favorite magazines.  Oftentimes I get so distracted with other things when I’m at home, that I never take the time to read them…so taking myself out of the house was just what I needed to take the time to read some really interesting articles.  I could have stayed there hours upon hours just reading…

 But, I eventually got myself packed up and hit the road on to my next destinations.  I stopped at Whole Foods while I was down near the lake, since there is one just a few minutes from where I was.  I snagged some sushi and some seasonal Clif Bar flavors.  I also stopped at the mall on my way home and got some seasonal scented goodies at Bath and Body Works! 🙂

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Saturday was JUST what I needed.  I had the absolute best day with myself and for myself.  That evening I went over by my parents for (you guessed it) a couple episodes of NYPD Blue and just came home and snuggled with my Dex on the couch.  It was the most satisfying day I’ve had in a while.

 5) Feel-good purchases.  I took myself shopping Saturday evening and Sunday morning to get some needed clothes for fall.  Shopping is something that I always do alone and it’s just ‘me’ time for me.  I found some super cute clothes (including some real adorable sweaters…these I needed BADLY)  I love me some warm cozy sweaters. 🙂

The rest of my weekend was super chill and relaxed.  I did some arranging of my closets which was much needed.  Watched some football.  Made some cookies.  Just a real laid back weekend.  I hope you all had a wonderful re-charging weekend.  Happy Monday!

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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Gorgeous sunsets, eleven hours with a best friend, and planning for the fall

It’s Monday again, loves.  That means it’s time to hook up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday!

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Wisconsin weather has gone from a summery 95 degrees earlier last week, to 60 degrees in a matter of three days.  I always sneak away to read on my lunch break at work and Friday was one of the best conditions for reading.  It was cool, the sun was shining, and the weather was so fall-like.  It was just perfect.  I love reading (and especially so in the fall)  Sadly, I was enjoying it so much that it made it really hard to go back to work 😦

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We have had some absolutely stunning sunrises and sunsets in the last few days.  I have been regretfully without a camera on several occasions when I wanted to take some pictures, but was able to snap some really great ones, too!

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Saturday was one of the best days I’ve had in quite a while.  Life has been pretty chaotic for me in a very personal sense in the last few days.  My relationship with my husband is on the rocks and I’ve been really a mess, feeling strong one minute and then just as quickly feeling completely and utterly terrified of what will be the outcome.  I woke up feeling pretty crummy, yet had plans with my best friend later that afternoon and I really did not want to be a crab when we got together.  Fortunately, she’s the type of person that always makes me feel better.  We had planned a hike together and it was absolutely perfect!  The weather was right around 70 and sunny; perfect hiking weather.  After our hike, we just, simply hung out together, looking at fun fall ideas on pinterest (more to come on that), grabbed dinner at Noodles & Co. and then went to a concert that night.  A friend of mine just joined a band and we went to support him.

We both were feeling pretty ‘blah’ and ended up leaving early from the show.  We had a wonderful heart-to-heart, emotional talk and it just was so therapeutic.  It’s amazing how a simple talk with your best friend has the power to just make you feel ‘ok’ when you previously felt broken, hurt, empty, and like all your questions are unanswered.  I really don’t know what I’d do without her, especially now.  I need her more than ever and I’m so thankful to have her in my life.  We ended up spending 11 hours together Saturday afternoon-Sunday early morning…and you know what?  It didn’t even feel close to that long.  I’ve never had a friend that I can spend that much time with.  Usually it’s a few hours and I’m ready to have my ‘me’ time again.  So I consider our friendship to be one of the biggest blessings in my life and a real treasure.

I have been getting so excited about fall.  All things fall!  I am one of those people that really gets into anything seasonal when it comes to fall 🙂  Here are some great fall goodies I picked up this weekend!

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Maybe I’m a little obsessed with pumpkin spice flavored goodies?!

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There is nothing better than candles in the fall – especially when you have awesome fall scents like these!

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I woke up Sunday morning to rain and gloom, a real fall-ish day, so I jumped at the opportunity to light a candle.

I also spent a considerable time on Saturday with my best friend looking at pinterest where we created our board ‘fab fall fun’.  There are SO many things I can’t wait to do/make!  Here are few of my favorites so far!

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pumpkin everything is reason alone to feel pretty marvelous 😉

Hope you all have a marvelous Monday and even more marvelous week!  (It’s pretty amazing how just writing about things that are marvelous, made my mood improve so much!)

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Some Marvelous Things

Happy Monday e’erbody.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are feeling refreshed and energized for a new week!  I’ve had a crazy busy last few days but was smart enough to take Sunday night off to just relax and feel recharged for Monday, the beginning of ANOTHER busy week for me!  Oy!

So for this week’s hook up with Katie, I thought I’d share some of the highlights from my past week!

Marvelous is…KESHA…and a Kesha concert with my best friend!!  I bought tickets for the two of us to go see her together months ago as a gift to her, since she’s a HUGE fan.  It was a great time!  We went to The Rave in Milwaukee.  The only negatives were the fact that we got there at like 6:45 and were standing the wholeeee time in a room that felt like a sauna (I kid you not) crammed like sardines with a bunch of people.  I wasn’t a fan of the openers, so that just made the wait even longer.  Kesha FINALLY came on the stage around 9:45…the wait was SO worth it!

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That was SUCH fun night!  Plus it was even better hanging out with my best friend again!

Marvelous is…preseason football!  Scott and I got tickets to the Packers preseason game on Friday night.  We both left work early (thank goodness because Friday at work was stressing me out!) and made our way up to Green Bay.  We got there in good time, considering the traffic jams and accidents which we passed along the way.  We stopped at a Cabela’s store, which was close to where we parked our car, just to check it out.  The place was HUGE!  I got an awesome pic of the hubster, he’s lookin’ good isn’t he?! 😉  They look just alike!

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We made our way on over to Lambeau Field and got hunkered down for the game.

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Sadly the Seahawks beat us, but we still ended up having a great time!  Traffic was terrible on the way home and we didn’t get home til after 1:30.  I know I will sound really REALLY old here, but that was so late for me/us!  Although I’m only 23, after a long work week that is far too late of a night for me.  I didn’t end up getting to bed until almost 2:30.  Oy!  As a result I slept in til about 10:30 or so.  That is UNHEARD OF for me.  I really didn’t like the feeling of waking up so late either.  I felt completely disoriented for a while and felt like the day was almost half over already.  Definitely not a fan of waking up late.  But oh well.

Marvelous is…long hikes somewhere scenic!  Saturday (after we got our tooshes out of bed) the hubster and I decided to salvage our day and still take a long hike together.  Our initial plan was to head out to Devil’s Lake, out past Madison.  But, since we got a late start and since we had evening plans, we decided to find a place a bit closer by to take a hike.  So we settled on Lapham Peak Park in Delafield, not too far away.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a hike!  We picked a 7-miler trail, the longest one they had and the most difficult!

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We started getting pretty hot with all the steep climbing.  The hubster was pretty miserable since he wore a cotton t-shirt and not a wick tee.  But fortunately a lot of the trail was in the woods!  We ended up at an observation tower along our walk and took the long climb up.  So worth it when we saw the views!

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The hike was really a good time, but we were both spent by the time we made it back to our car!  The sun on the last stretch did us in!

Marvelous is…a free, neighborhood family festival on a Saturday evening.  After we got back, showered, and freshened up a bit, we met up with my parents and my brother and his fiancee for an outdoor concert and fireworks at a local park not too far from where we live.  The weather was perfect, the music was good and the company was nice.  Jessa was so excited about the fireworks, she took so many pictures!  These are a few of hers:

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Marvelous is…Sunday night to relax after a busy busy busy week/weekend!  I just love relaxing after having a fun, busy week!

Now on to another fun, busy week!  Some awesome highlights of this week:  Wednesday night the hubster and I are going on a boat cruise out on Lake Mendota in Madison for my work.  Some clients of the company I work for are hosting the cruise.  We went a couple years back and it was SO fun!  Free dinner (which was really good!), free drinks and gorgeous views over the lake?!?  Need I say more?  Then Friday, my brother is having a small courthouse wedding and a small dinner with family and close friends afterward!  Then Saturday, the hubster, his mom and I are going on a road trip out to Cleveland to visit his uncle!  Super busy but full of fun!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, a Marvelous Monday, and a great rest of your week!

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Weekend Recap – Day Trip & A 5-K

Well this weekend was absolutely AH-MAZING!  I had such a wonderful time.  I got an early start to my weekend and had a half day at work on Friday.  All week it was cool and cloudy and rainy, but Friday came around and it warmed up into the 70s and the sun came out!  I couldn’t have had a better half-day off!  Plus, my boss was super cool and let me take the afternoon off without having to use any Paid-Time-Off (PTO) since we were working so hard that week (before our two newbies started Monday) so that was even better! 

I met a friend who I hadn’t seen in so long at the mall and we spent the afternoon together.  Then I just had a nice relaxing Friday evening.

Saturday morning I woke up pretty early to get myself all ready to hit the road!  My friend invited me to come up north for the day/night in Mosinee, Wisconsin to hang out and then go to a rodeo that night (I had never been to a real rodeo before!) So I made my way up, which was about a 2.5-3 hour drive from where I live.

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I was really looking forward to spending some time outside and was hoping for some really nice weather, so when the majority of the ride was really cloudy and rainy, I was getting pretty bummed out.  I got to Mosinee by about 11ish.  We decided to head down to Stevens Point to get brunch/lunch at this cute little place she recommended, called The Wooden Chair.  She told me they had the best breakfast-y foods.  Which is absolute perfection for me.  Mmmmm.  It was a cute little place, kind of reminded me of Cracker Barrel inside.

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It was right in “downtown” Stevens Point.  I got a delicious and VERY LARGE blueberry pancake with some fresh fruit.  Soo tasty!  Sadly, when we finished eating it was stillllll raining 😦  We decided we’d still head up to the next destination we had planned out, even if it was rainy.  We went up to Rib Mountain, just west of Wausau.  It was almost if it was on cue, but the rain stopped and the clouds started to break up.  By the time we got to Rib Mountain, the sun was shining!  It couldn’t have been more perfect!  It was perfect weather to go hiking a bit, so we navigated and went up the observatory tower to get some sweet views of the surrounding area.

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After that, we made our way north.  We stopped at a few different places along the way, one place being Gordmans, a place I had never heard of before.  It was like a cross between a huge clothing store and a really extensive home decoration store.  Pretty cool!  Apparently we have one coming down near Kenosha, which is still pretty far from where I live, but maybe worth an excursion to go check out sometime.

We got up to Minocqua, which is SUPER FAR north (I didn’t realize it until I looked at a map later) and as crazy as it is, I’ve lived in Wisconsin my whole life and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever traveled much more north than Green Bay before…unless it was when I was really young.  So it was cool to check it out.  It was so peaceful and quiet up in that area.

We decided to go horseback riding at a place called Holiday Acres when we got up there!  I had NEVER been before, so that was a pretty exciting experience!  I was super nervous at first, but then I ended up really loving it.  We took a nice 45-minute trail ride through a really pretty, wooded area.

By then, it was time to head to Merrill for the rodeo!  It was absolutely a gorgeous day and I was so glad we got to spend the evening outside!  This rodeo was pretty legit…they had bareback bronco riding, saddled bronco riding, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing and the bull riding ended the show.  It was a really cool show.  It was 3 hours, which I was super surprised about.  But totally fun!

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After the rodeo, we headed back to her house, had a bonfire, then camped out in her camper in the backyard 😀  I had to wake up and be on the road by 5 the next morning since I had a 5k I committed to a while ago (UGH!) so we didn’t stay up super late.

So Sunday morning I was out on the road at 5 am.  I was surprisingly awake, which was a miracle.  In hindsight, I am SO happy that I woke up as early as I did.  I saw the most beautiful sunrise!  I even had to pull off the road to take pictures, it was that gorgeous!

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It was SO stunning.  I seriously couldn’t believe it!  And I was SO focused on the beautiful sunrise on the left side while I was driving that I didn’t even realize that there was something to see on the right side

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Can you see it?!  Yep, it’s a RAINBOW!  I have a gorgeous sunrise and a rainbow?  It couldn’t have been a more gorgeous morning!

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For about two hours of the ride home, I was pretty much the only person on the road up there…which was actually really cool.  It was so peaceful and serene, like the morning was just my own.  I had a bit of a lead foot for a while, not even intentionally.  At one point I got to about 90 (in a 65, mind you) and thought ‘hey, I have never driven 100 mph before…this is probably the best time to do it since the roads are deserted and no one is around’ soooo, I kicked it up to 100!  Hah, it was pretty sweet 🙂  And it honestly didn’t even feel that fast at all.

Needless to say, I made good time coming home 😀 (Although I only drove that fast for just a little while, I did speed the majority of the ride home.)  Whoopsies. 

I had a little time to lay low when I got back home before Scott came to get me to go to his niece’s 5k for her running team and for Girls on the Run.  This was going to be my first 5k EVER!!!  But this was a 5k I fully expected and anticipated walking.  First of all, I haven’t run in SO long and second of all, I got about 5 hours of sleep (at best) and was up literally at the crack of dawn.  But the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I was feeling in the mood to move, and the four of us (Scott, his niece, and his sister and I) were doing it together, so I wanted to at least try and run a bit, if I could.  I was actually really impressed that I ran as much as I did!  It was not timed, but Scott was tracking our time and we finished decent enough for running and walking.  It did make me realize how much I do miss running though.  So, that being said, I’d love to start doing so again…at least introducing it back into my life again.

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After that I came on home and did laundry and some grocery shopping.  Then, I was SUPER excited to have a video-chat date with my best friend who is out in NYC for the summer!  It was LONG overdue!  I miss her so much and obviously seeing her is not an option right now in real life, so video chatting is the next best thing.  It made me remember just how crazy fun we can be.  We had WAY too much fun with Google+.  HAHAHA.  Gah, I love this girl!  She just gets me!

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Couldn’t have been a better weekend.  I loved EVERY bit of it.  After a weekend like that, it’s hard to feel anything but positive on Monday morning 😀  Especially when the weather is finally staying nice and warm!  Love it!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!!  Happy Monday everyone!!

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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