Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Who Would Have Thought...

The other night I was washing a cutting board and realized it was the one I had given Sarah and Ryan as part of their wedding present. Who would have thought that 4 years later I would be washing it because I was living with them? It made think about how other aspects of my life have had a funny way of working out…

Who would have thought…that not making the high school soccer team freshmen year would lead me to join the indoor track team (a team everyone made) which is where I met one of my best friends Julie.

Who would have thought…the office admin job I got freshmen year at Tech would be where I worked for the next 4 years. Where I learned what it meant to be a great boss because I had one. Where I received an award from when I graduate for all my hard work there. It was one of my favorite parts of college.

Who would have thought…I would have all these connections with Chicago. First my older brother moved there, then Peter moved there and now another friend will be moving there! 

Who would have thought…this blog would bring me some of my closest friends…where we talk almost on a daily basis and have some of the best, nonjudgmental heart to hearts! I've always valued having quality friendships over the quantity of friendships…

Who would have thought…that guy Kiefer got a ride home with from cross country practice would become one of the most important people in my life, even 8 years later…

Who would have thought…the guy my mom brought us to meet while we were home on spring break junior year would at the end of the night tell us he was going to marry our mom (yes the first time we met him)… and then actually held true to that. After watching your mom go through two divorces, it's so nice to see her with someone who is truly smitten and in love with her. Because she is the best mom in the world and deserves it!

Who would have thought…the first internship I ever got would turn into a my first full time job after college. Somewhere I've been there for 5 years now!

Who would have thought…after never taking high school cross country or track seriously, running would become such a huge part of my life and I think has shaped part of who I am today.

I always enjoy looking back on life but I look forward to what the future holds for me even more!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Howdy!

While you're reading this I am in the big 'ol state of Texas for a work conference this week! I've been to the Houston airport for my connecting flight to Belize but other than that I've never been to Texas before. I'm here with my boss who is actually from Texas so I'm glad to be with someone who knows the area. This is my first business trip and conference. I'm nerdily excited for all the seminars this week because it's something I'm really interested in  and hoping to get more into for my job. I think it'll be a great week!

Just a few things from my weekend…

Saturday morning I went to a new restaurant for brunch with my friends Ellie and Julie. Breakfast is my favorite meal so I love going out to eat for it. This was a farm to table restaurant and had a buffet brunch. Our reservation was at 10AM and by 11AM we were 2 rounds and 1 mimosa deep. We left around 12pm during the beginning of the snow storm. It actually became heavy pretty quick and Ellie and I got to drive down an unplowed 495 going 20 mph for 45 minutes. I then drove home from Ellie's in my Mazda3, a trip that normal takes 15 minutes and it took me 45 minutes. I was just trying to stay from all the other cars because my car would slide going over the 4-5 inches of snow. I ended up calling my mom just so I could have someone on the phone with me. At one point I was going up a hill, making a left, and started sliding with a car in front and behind me. I let out a curse word and my mom goes "becky language!" and I said "mom if anytime warrants a curse word it would be driving through a snow storm in not a 4 wheel drive car!" (Just for the record my older brother has been cursing since he was 3 (we have it on tape) and he never gets yelled at…I don't even curse that much! Moms...) Luckily I made it home safe and sound and brunch was definitely worth it. Well spending time with my friends was worth it - brunch was a tad more expensive than I would normally pay but delicious at least.

Saturday night Sarah and Ryan had a mardi gras party with their neighbors. Sarah made a whole bunch of delicious food and of course too much because she's Italian and they know no other way. Everyone brought Louisiana beer and we had a beer tasting of all the different kinds. I think I'm going to enjoy eating my way through New Orleans next month!

I spent most of the day Sunday traveling. I was going to run at the hotel gym but by the time we got settled it was 7pm my normal time and we hadn't had dinner yet. This has been quite the training cycle…everything was fine in January then everything sucked in February so I'm really just hoping for a fun race! I don't care about my time. I'm looking forward to meeting up with new and old friends and enjoying the course! After this race I'm going to focus on smaller distances. I'm thinking my next goal is to do a 5k in under 25 minutes. I can't wait for spring temperatures and sidewalks not covered in snow and ice!
This would happen to me.. (source)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekend Recap (Sorry Bank Account)

My poor bank account…it always seems that I can be really good at not spending money and then there's like 3 days in a row where it happens all at once. But I'm justifying these purchases because…


First I bought plane tickets to go see Peter for his birthday in April! I was not going to miss celebrating with him, it's on a saturday and our two soccer teams are playing each other that day. I'll be there for about 56 hours that weekend and I can't wait to spend all the time together! 

Then on Sunday I bought plane tickets to New Orleans for a long weekend in March! This is for Sarah's 30th birthday and we're going with her mom and friend. I've never been and I'm excited to see the city for myself. I know it has quite the personality and reputation. We will definitely be more low key than most visitors there but I think it will be a great time. This is the point of a traveling savings account right?! After this I'll be saving up again for hopefully some trips with Peter this fall!

In other weekend news I went to a Mary Kay event with my mom on Saturday morning. One of her friends sells it and they were having a small Valentine's event where we got to try on make up and then buy what we wanted. At 24 I finally learned how to put on more than just mascara! I went for a natural look and really liked how it turned out. I surprised myself by not being so bad at applying it. I bought all the make up I used so I can finally start looking a bit more put together for work. It was a really fun morning with my mom too and a fun way to start off Valentine's Day. 

Unfortunately Peter and I could only have a Valentine's phone call but I was still thankful to have him as my Valentine :). Remember that package I sent him? The address got messed up and they sent it back to me…on Thursday. Ugh so much for a Valentine's surprise. Thanks USPS.

The rest of the weekend was a lot of couch time and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Plus a sleeping puppy on my lap.

I got these adorable pictures of my niece and nephew and just made my heart smile. My brother got to be in town last week and I was glad he could spend time with his family. 


There has still been a lack of running around here because my lovely IT band. My half marathon is only a month away now so I'm just going to play it by year come race day. Luckily I've been able to ride the exercise bike with no pain so hopefully that'll help my cardio. I'll definitely be taking it easy after this half marathon and probably focus on smaller distances for a few months.

We're gearing up for a snow storm tonight and I'm hoping we can get a good amount. Nothing like Boston but we have yet to get more than 4 inches and I always love one good snow storm. I'm more than ready for Spring though. Give me the warm sunshine and flowers!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If You Lived With Me...

Sorry for the sporadic postings! I'm going to blame life because that's easiest. This month has been a bit crazy at work because I've had weekly trainings away from the office, a second 2 day training this week on top of that anddd on top of that, I'm going to a conference the last week of this month. So the random posting may continue but thanks for sticking it out with me!

Last night I was thinking about how Peter doesn't fully know how weird I am because we haven't lived together yet. I think it's kind of funny that I lived with his sister and BIL before him :P. 

A few of my charming quirks…

+ When I'm doing a chore, like the dishes and cleaning the bathroom, I love putting on music and dancing. I'm sure I'm not the only one that does this and we all know what it's like to dance with cleaning products (I hope I'm not alone in this!)

+ When I get home work and don't have to workout, I change right into PJs. I don't want to be work clothes anymore and why wait until I go to bed to put on comfy clothes?!

+ I hardly turn on lights. I'll sit in one room with only one light on. Saving on all the electricity!

+ When I have a stressful day, I like to come home and just decompress by myself for 5-10 minutes. Usually just laying down on my bed for a few minutes and then I'm good.

I asked my previous roommates, Kelly and Julie, what they learned about me after living together and got the following responses:

Kelly: You're neat, clean, like organizing things, enjoy eating cheese and bread
^ all very true. I love organizing everything and it wasn't uncommon to see me eating a block of cheese with a fork!

Julie: Hates showering, loves homestead creamery bottles, loves when they put their beds in living room and slept in there for days
^ sarcastic response :) I love showering, they collected homestead creamery bottles and always forgot to take them back until we had like 7 and I really didn't mind the living room sleepover after I got used to it :P I'm just a neat freak and mattresses in the living didn't always look neat. But don't worry I did join them like two or three times!

What's something you learned about your roommate or spouse when you moved in together?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Schmorgus Board Friday

Just some random thoughts for your Friday!

+ On Monday and Tuesday I spent the night at my mom's house and got in some good mother daughter time. These days, time like that is rare so we took full advantage of it. We could carpool to/from work since we're only about 10 minutes apart so we had lots of girl talk, did yoga together, watched the Bachelor and drank wine. I'm a big momma's girl and she's definitely one of my best friends. She's an amazing lady, loves me endlessly and I'm just so happy to call her MY mom :) 

+ I sent two Valentine's Day packages on Wednesday, one to my niece and nephew and one to Peter. A little early but I was excited to send them. I think Valentine's Day can get a little ridiculous but I don't mind a holiday where I remind the ones I love that I love them!
Onesies and Legos from Aunt Becky
Goodies for Peter!
+ I have to admit that I'm watching American Idol this season. I watched the first few seasons but then got sick of it. For some reason Sarah, Ryan and I started to watch this season and now I'm hooked. There's some REALLY good singers and I'm looking forward to seeing how the show goes. Two of my favorites you need to watch, Jax and Hollywood Anderson.

+ I've been down lately about Peter not being here. I feel like the first few months he was gone I was still getting used to it and pretending like he wasn't really states away haha. But now it's been 6 months and I just miss being able to do things with him. Work has been really busy and I want to sit down, relax and have a glass of wine with him. But I know it's not going to help to throw myself a pity party so time to put my positive pants back on and book my next flight to go see him :)

+ I love both my dogs VERY much but Henry will always have a different place in my heart. When I was at my mom's house this week, it was just more obvious that he is getting older and it makes me sad. But then I think about how he's been spoiled to the core for the past 12 years and that the best I can do is to just love him to pieces. On Tuesday morning my mom put him in my bed to wake me up and it was awesome. I love being completely obsessed with my dogs and don't see that ever changing!

+ On my 25 before 25 list is to do a 30 day yoga challenge and while I picked the shortest month of the whole year, I'm proud to say that so far I'm 5 for 5. My longest yoga streak yet. I almost skipped it on Tuesday but then just made myself do it. I'm slowly getting on the yoga train. I'm not sure if I'll ever go to classes but for now the free Erin Motz youtube videos have been great.

+ If you looked at my camera roll right now about half of my pictures are of my niece. She's too cute to delete! Sometimes I'll just pull them up to look at and it makes me happy. Yesterday I was on the exercise bike looking at her when a guy walked by to give me the TV remote since he was leaving, probably thought I was a bit weird haha. 

+ Speaking of the exercise bike, I finally diagnosed myself with IT band problems. Once I googled the signs, I had them all. I've taken the past two weeks really easy, no running but lots of yoga, stretching and the bike. I'm hoping I can do an easy run this weekend and that there won't be any pain in my knee. I'm not really sure where to pick up my training though since my half is only 6 weeks away…any suggestions??

happy friday ya'll!


Monday, February 2, 2015

300 and If I could...

This is my 300th post! I'm not sure how I've been able to ramble on for 300 posts these past two years but I've been having fun doing it! Thank you for continuing to read and comment and follow along via my little spot on the internet. Here's to another 300 posts!

I'm borrowing this post idea from Erin's blog after I saw it last week - it is too fun not to copy :)

If I could…have my brother and sister-in-law live closer, I would gladly babysit my niece and nephew whenever they wanted!
I can't handle her cuteness - my heart!
If I could…only eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be a tie between Italian and Mexican. 

If I could…get my own dog right now, it would be sweet Bebo and we would go on so many adventures together.

If I could…have a gift card with an unlimited amount of money on it, it would be to Loft.

If I could…run forever without ever getting injured, I would be one happy runner!

If I could…afford to buy plane tickets every month to see Peter, I would be one happy girlfriend!

If I could…go to London and watch a Manchester United game live, I would faint once I saw the stadium. #dreamvacation
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If I could…run any half marathon I wanted, it would be the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country one. #dreamrace

If I could…hire one service to do something for me, it would be a personal chef. 

If I could…meet any celebrity, it would be Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell. #relationshipgoals
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If you could do anything today, what would it be?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

25 Before 25 List

Once I stopped trying to think of 25 new things to do in 8 months and included things that already happened, a 25 before 25 list became easy! Plus who doesn't love a good list. My obnoxious amount of post-its and notepads would agree. 

First I'll list what's already been done and then what I hope to finish by October 20th. Other than that they are in no particular order besides when I could think of them.


Completed:
1. Graduate high school - Occurred on 06/18/09.

2. Graduate college - Occurred on 05/18/13. Post about it here.

3. Go on a road trip for a concert 
Kelly and I went to NC for a Parachute concert spontaneously in February 2012 and then in April Peter and I went to NC to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers - post about that here.

4. Make a pot of coffee
Occurred on 01/25/15. I just recently got into drinking coffee so I figured I should learn how to do this. After a 15 minute phone call with my mom and step-dad, one confusion about the tea diffuser, I figured it out. 

5. Meet another blogger in real life
I've been able to do that 3 times already, between meeting Erin, Megan and Kayla & Erin! Definitely looking forward to this continuing though!

6. Buy a car on my own
Occurred in April 2014. Post about it here.

7. Run a half marathon
Occurred in May 2010. Post about it here. Luckily it wasn't one and done and #6 will be happening in March.

8. Raise money for charity
Kelly, Julie and I raised money for Alex's Lemonade Stand while training for our half marathon in April 2013. We raised over $600! Post about it here.

9. Exercise before work
I think I was able to do this about 10 times in the 1.5 years I've been working full time and I'm still counting it as a win. Getting up before the sun is rough and I like celebrating small successes.

10. Get VIP tickets for a concert
Luckily Parachute, one of my favorite bands, hasn't hit it big like One Direction yet so their VIP tickets are like $35. I've got to meet them 3 times already! Post about the most recent time here.



To Complete:
11. Go on a winery tour
12. Host a dinner party and cook
13. See the White House in person
14. Hike in the Shenandoah National Park
15. Learn how to properly put on make up
16. Go ziplining
17. Do a 30 day yoga challenge
18. Implement a budget
19. Go to a restaurant alone
20. Go a week without watching TV
21. Babysit my niece all alone
22. Read 25 books
23. Go on a girls weekend
24. Visit Europe or figure out when it will happen
25. Volunteer

A few of these already have dates for when they're happening but I'm also keeping the list on my phone so I won't forget. I'll update this every few months as I complete them. I'm looking forwarding to doing them all!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Recap

On weekends where I have no absolutely nothing planned I take full advantage of being as lazy as I want. Work has been really busy the past few weeks and the best way I decompress  is just relaxing at home. I don't really feel like I need to be out doing this and that every weekend. I'm just a homebody at heart!

On Friday it was just Sarah and I at home and our big plans included watching the new Hart of Dixie. After it was over at 9 Sarah asked if I wanted to watch a movie and I told her that I was already planning on going to bed. I get really sleepy between 9-10 and I'd much rather be in my bed instead of forcing myself to stay awake. 

On Saturday I was up early to head to my mom's house to watch my dogs for the rest of the weekend. My mom and step-dad wanted to go on a mini weekend getaway and they don't have to ask me twice to spend time with my dogs. They live on 5 acres and at the end of cul-de-sac so their house is really cozy. I spent my time watching a lot of Hallmark movies, reading, playing with the dogs outside and drinking wine. They had left me bottle of something they just opened the night before so I followed their instructions to drink it while it was still good.


I skipped out on my long run this weekend because my IT band isn't being nice right now. I know it's better to take some rest than run on it and make it worse. I did yoga and lots of stretches for it so I'm hoping today I can do 3 miles with no pain.

The only thing missing this wonderful weekend was Peter, like all weekends. It was nice to have the alone time but after 6 months of doing this long distance thing, I'd much rather him be here now. But we're about halfway through and I just have to remember he'll be home soon enough!
my cup of coffee Sunday morning!
To help that time pass as well, I've decided to do a 25 before 25 list after my post on Friday. I'm cheating a little bit because I'm including things that have already happened but they were still things that I wanted to get done. I'll be sharing my list on Wednesday!

Friday, January 23, 2015

270 Days...

...until I turn 25. I know age is just a number but for some reason 25 seems like a big age. I've lived for quarter of a century already, I can rent a car with no problem, I'm only 5 years away from 30. I really don't mind getting older (says the 24 year old) because I always feel lucky that I got to live another year. However I'm feeling like I need to be doing something big before I turn 25. I don't have a 25 before 25 list and I've only got 8 months left at this point…for some reason I thought starting at the beginning of this year instead of right after my birthday would make more sense. I've had a few ideas…

+  Do 1 thing every month that is new and/or scares me. I'm a creature of habit and I don't mind lazy weekends on the couch. But life is also for living which sometimes mean getting out of your comfort zone. I haven't come up with a list though of new things though.

+ Do 25 things before my birthday. Not sure what those things should be though…books? races? volunteer hours?

+ Run a marathon. I could say I did 1.2 more for good luck :P

+ Do 25 acts of kindness. Either leading up to my birthday or on my birthday. I've seen this idea on pinterest.

+ Just being honest here but I did think about going to 25 new wineries. There's plenty around me but that mayyy get expensive.

+ Peter and I have talked about going to Europe when he comes back home and before he hopefully starts a new job so if that worked out that would be a better big thing since I've never gone before!



Feel free to send any ideas my way. I have one week in January left so hopefully I decide something soon…if I choose to do anything.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Shocking" Dislikes

First, yesterday was my BFF Julie's birthday!! Our birthdays are exactly 3 months apart - the 20th is a good day to be born. I hope your students were extra good for you and I can't wait to take you out to celebrate tomorrow night! 

The other day I was watching "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs" episode of Friends. It's revealed that Chandler isn't actually allergic to dogs like he said but just afraid of them because you can't tell what they're thinking. The conversation precedes like this:

Chandler: Okay, I hate dogs.
All: What?
Phoebe: Are you crazy?
Ross: Are you out of your mind?
Phoebe: Why?
Chandler: They are needy, they are jumpy, and you can't tell what they are thinking, and that scares me a little bit.

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It got me thinking about what things I don't really like that a lot of other people like...

+ Icing. It's way too sweet for my liking and I prefer a plain cake. 


+ Seafood. The smell, the creepily smooth texture. No thank you. Though I don't mind salmon at certain times. 

+ Scary/suspenseful movies/tv shows. I get scared pretty easily and don't enjoy my heart beating out of my chest so I stay away from this genre. Give me the cheesy romances and comedies alll day.

+ Swimming in the ocean. One word: sharks. I blame Jaws for scaring me for life. I'll get up to my waist, always have to be touching the bottom and can last for about 20 minutes. When I'm at the beach, you can find me in a chair, under the umbrella, with a good book.

+ Fancy chocolates. Lindor truffles, Ghiradelli, Toblerone…pass. Give me regular Hershey kisses or Hershey bar and I'm good.

+ High heels. Sure they are feminine and can definitely make any outfit look cuter but oh the pain. My feet should not be in that position. I'm waiting for the day when they make them as comfy as slippers.

+ Spicy foods. I have zero tolerance for spicy things. Pepperjack cheese is about the spiciest thing I can eat.

Any one else not like one of these things? What are some your popular dislikes?