Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday



Happy December everyone! Christmas is in 24 days and 2016 will be over in 30 days! How many of you are ready to conquer the new year?? I know I sure am.

Since today is Thursday, lets go ahead and get random with Amanda and Annie today!

1. 

I found this decoration before Thanksgiving at Gordmans but I just had to have it! It hasn't found a home yet but right now it is sitting in our living room. I was able to get some Christmas decoration last weekend but am looking forward to getting some more this weekend. I think I am going to be hitting up Michaels and Hobby Lobby as I have seen some pretty good hauls from people lately! I may just share on here what I find :) I also should start on our Christmas gift shopping as well. This year we are hosting a joint family Christmas event where everyone brings a gift valued at $50 (and it should be a good gift not a box of rocks) and we will exchange. I am hoping that it is fun but I should start thinking of some good ideas!

2. 

This is what our living room looked like before the Christmas tree. We took the lamp out on the right and shifted the shelves and tv stand over to the left a little bit to make it fit. I talked a little more about our Christmas tree in Monday's blog. To update, Bruce has been *pretty good*. Has only tried to climb up a couple of times. My is usually there to save the day. 




3. Speaking of Mya, LOOK AT HER. Such puppy eyes all time. The first picture I got a couple of days ago. I think she was pouting about something. The second picture I got last night. She was just laying with me as I indulged in some tv. She can take some good pictures once in a while ha! She is starting to get her winter coat so her fur is quite fluffy now. She is panting about 90% of the time but I dont think she is too hot, just comfortable. She also still enjoys snuggling with Bill and I when we lay on the couch together. She also gets jealous when Bill gives me hugs. She likes to get right up in the middle of that situation!

4. Nothing too big planned this weekend! Run some errands tomorrow, hit the gym and probably some cleaning. I should get my makeup and our spare room organized one of these days (looks off into the distance). Then on Saturday, I believe I will be having some drinks and/or ladies night with one of my good friends, Amy. We always have a good time together!

Thats about it today! Hope you have a great weekend and I can't wait to catch up on Monday!
I will leave you with just a picture of Bruce so he doesn't feel left out of the post ;)

"guarding the tree"

Do you have plans this weekend? 

How has your Christmas decoration adventure been?

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekend in Review | Thankgiving 2016


How has Thanksgiving come and gone already?! Its going to be December in 3 days. It just blows my mind.

How was your Thanksgiving/holiday weekend?

Mine was good. I ended up working 3 8-hour shifts instead of my usual 10-hour ones. I will say that it was amazing getting off work by 3:30 pm while it was still light out (I normally get off at 5:30 pm). Wednesday night we had some friends over to play Exploding Kittens. It was a good time but little sleep was had!

Thursday -

We headed up to Fargo. We took Mya with us so that she could enjoy some family time as well.

Road Trip

We got to my parents house around noon and my brothers, grandma and her husband were able to make it. After dinner, we also played some Exploding Kittens. We got a couple of games in while watching the football games. After about 4 games, we headed to bed.

Friday -

My parents took us out for breakfast. Our food was pretty good and I'd have to say I have never had such a meaty meat omelette...if that makes any sense. I will say though that they must use a lot of butter because after about half of my hash browns, I didn't want any more. After breakfast, we hit up some stores for a little Black Friday shopping. We stocked up on some litter (it was 50% off!!) and Bill was able to get a new Xbox One game. After those couple of stops, we headed back home. We were pretty exhausted and out of food, so we decided to meet up with a couple of friends at a new to us restaurant, The Muddy Cow. Now Bill was not up for going out right away but after eating the food, he thanked me. It was the bomb.com. Bill ordered the mozzarella sticks and it turns out that they hand bread these things. I had one bite but Bill said they were "the best motz sticks he's ever had".



They also have 2 for 1s all day, everyday. Our friends got the Chicken Queso Rolls (at the top of the menu) and said that they were really good. I went with the Best Buy Burger (not pictured) which was cheddar cheese, fried onions and cajun mayo. The burger as well as the fries were really good. We all decided that this was going to be our new meet up place since it was so good!

Saturday -

I went to they gym and got some stuff done before heading over to Bill's parents house to celebrate Thanksgiving. The food and company was a good time but boy were we exhausted afterwards. So much to do in so little time, I tell ya!

Sunday -

I headed to the gym and watched a couple of episodes of the Vampire Diaries. In the afternoon, we tackled putting up our Christmas Tree and tackled ordering some holiday cards. We haven't put a tree up since we got Bruce since he liked to climb up in it.



We decided to just try it this year. Right now it is in our living room with only lights on it. Bruce has tried a couple of times to go up the tree but I think he has figured out that its just not worth it. I guess me pinching him any time he tries to climb it doesn't help either (hehe). After putting the tree up, I made some dinner and then headed out to do some errands. I was able to get some home stuff, holiday decorations and some groceries before plopping my butt back on the couch for an episode of Vampire Diaries.

Linking up with Katie!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Weekend in Review | Day Late and A Dollar Short



I was going to post this yesterday but I didn't finish it in time. So we will do the weekend a little later than Monday this week :)

Linking up with Erin and Katie!

This last weekend wasn't as crazy as the weekend before Halloween but we were able to get some stuff done!

Friday:

I headed out early in the morning and got a much needed pedicure. I was debating between just regular polish and gel polish but ended up deciding on gel. I got a 25% off coupon in the mail months ago and asked if I could use it. They said yes! So that kinda "justified" the gel price! The color I got is pretty much the perfect fall color. It is a cranberry with a bit of gold sparkle. Here's a picture of the color (excuse my weird feet ha).


After the pedicure, I headed to the gym. The closest Anytime to my house (about 10-15 minutes away) is almost always empty. I seriously love it. There is a new one going in by my house about 3/4 of a mile away...and I seriously can't wait for it to open! There is also a Cub Foods opening up right by it. It will make grocery shopping and getting my swole on so much easier! After the gym, I headed to find some jeans. I have two pairs of skinny jeans that somehow found themselves to be worn out to the point of ripping on me. This happened within about a week of each other and since I only have about 4-5 jeans that fit right, I HAD to go out on the hunt. I was able to find a pair of jeans from Celebrity Pink . I have a couple of different pairs from them already and love how comfortable they really are. After only finding one pair (and some christmas decorations...oops!), we headed to the dog park, ate some dinner and watched Deadpool. I really liked this movie but I can definitely see why parents were upset when they took their children to this movie! C'mon people, they said when it came out that it wasnt going to be good for kids! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a funny somewhat superhero movie! I was able to get a good shot of Mr. Brucey chilling in the sun though. 




Saturday:

I headed to the gym and the grocery store. Then we had some people over for the NDSU Bison Football game at around 2:30pm. Which included this cutie, Wally!




We made some chili cheese dip with salsa and chips. I didn't really eat much of this food (#tryingtodefluff) or a lunch so I was super hungry. We headed out to a local place called Ole Piper Inn for some dinner. I ended up going with the Black Jack burger (Cajun seasoned burger, pepper-jack cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, ham, sautéed onions & mushrooms) with some tots and it was soooo delicious. No pictures because #bloggerfail :( You can just take my word for it, I promise! After dinner we all crashed pretty hard so it was off to bed pretty early for us! This was also the day of daylight savings time so I actually slept pretty crappy even though we all know I love to sleep!

Sunday:


I originally was going to say that this was a lazy day but I forgot that we were finally able to get our second bedroom set from Bill's parents house. They gave us Bill's set from when he was living at home and also offered his sister's to us since they didn't want it. So we took it! We were up pretty early so we were at their house by 9 am to get it taken apart and get it to our house. We wanted to try and get it done before the Vikings game. The bed is down in our basement in the other spare room. I can't wait to decorate that room now! The bed set also comes with drawers in it so now we have #ALLTHESTORAGE. After getting the bed together we watched the Vikings end up losing the game. I struggled really hard and didn't want to go to the gym but I got my lazy ass up and went. I ended up doing a butt load of calf raises and my calves are still sore...2 days later. 

Well there you have it! A little round up of the weekend! Sorry its a little late but I hope you enjoy it anyway!



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday



Hello all! I have not had a chance to post all week so I thought I might as well do a little randomness with Amanda and Annie today!

We'll start with a little wrap up of last weekend! On Friday, Bill and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary by going out to dinner. We decided on a nicer restaurant called The Melting Pot. We have never done a "nice dinner" place so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity. The Melting Pot is a fondue type restaurant where you have multiple different options to choose from. We decided to go with the four course option. For this you chose a cheese, a salad, a meat option and then a chocolate. For the cheese we went with the Fiesta option which was made with cheese, beer, salsa and jalepenos. It was a medium spice cheese and it came with a bunch of different dipping options.

                  
                               Before digging in.
The first course - cheese

For our salads, I got a normal house salad and Bill got a caesar salad. We thought they were both pretty good. Then came the meat coarse. I went with the option called the Pacific Rim and Bill went with the Steak Lovers option. Essentially they bring out your options uncooked with a cooking liquid of your choice. We went with the Mojo option which is described as a Caribbean-inspired bouillon bursting with flavors of garlic and citrus. 


 For my meat (the bottom plate in the picture above) I got honey orange duck breast, chicken and vegetable pot stickers, shrimp and teriyaki sirloin. All of them were really good but my favorite was the duck. Bill got a bunch of different steaks and he said his favorite was the filet mingnon. I didn't try it but he said it melted in your mouth. You can also see some little containers by our plates full of sauce. They give you these that compliment your different types of meat. Honestly this place was really good. Not an every day type of dinner but definitely a special occasion place.



After the meat, you were asked to choose a chocolate. We went with the Flaming Turtle which was milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans. It also came with this awesome plate of dipping options. It was really good as well but we were only able to finish about half of the plate from being so full!



Since the weather was so nice after dinner, we decided to invite some friends over for one last bonfire. It was a perfect night for it. 


Saturday, Bill and I did some house stuff and ran some errands. Then Saturday night I met up with my friend Amy and we hit the town for some Halloween action. I went as Cruella Deville and she used an old costume that I had. People kept calling her Bernadette (from the Big Bang Theory) so that's what she started telling people that she was! It was a lot of fun!



Sunday was a couple more errands and some laziness. 

Monday was Halloween so we handed out candy to some kids in the neighborhood but also it was this girl's birthday!


Our little Mya is a year old already! She got a cookie treat and a new pumpkin toy. She loved them both!

The rest of the week has been filled with working, working out, eating and repeat! This upcoming weekend we have no plans (that I know of ha) and we always look forward to weekends like that!

Hope you are having a great week! Catch up soon!


Do anything crazy for Halloween?

How often do you go on nicer dates with your significant other? 

How do you celebrate your pet's birthdays?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Twin Cities 10 Mile Run Recap



A long time overdue, I know. But late is better than never right?! ;)

On Sunday October 9th, I took part in the Twin Cities in Motion | Medtronic Marathon Weekend by running the 10 mile run. If you missed it, I started training for my half marathon back in June and signed up for this one in July. Check out my half marathon recap here!

Now back to the 10 mile run! Although I am not a huge fan of races on Sunday, I was really excited for this race the whole week before. Since I knew that I had already ran my half marathon, I had a good feeling about this race! I ran with two other friends, Rachel and Kelli. It was a balmy 38* so I knew that I had to choose my outfit carefully. I picked up a headband from Target and this bright yellow long sleeve in my photos below. I know you shouldn't wear anything new on race day...oops! The race started at 7am in Minneapolis so I knew that I had to be there pretty early to make sure I was on time. Bill and I were up around 5:00am so I ate an english muffin with some honey and peanut butter. So. good. I made it there around 6:10am and felt like I had a good amount of time to spare. I hit the porta potties and grabbed some coffee. I didn't actually drink the coffee, I just wanted it to keep my hands warm :) This race was a lot better organized than my half marathon. There was music playing and everyone seemed to be in a good mood, despite the utter coldness.




We all met up and were able to take some "before" pictures. There were three corrals and we all lined up in the last one. We started a little bit late but I think that is because corral one happened on time and then they gave them time to get out running. We ended up taking off around 7:20am.


The picture above is us walking up to the starting line. We had to walk down a street and then turn the corner to actually get to the starting line. There was music playing and everyone seemed to be really excited to start. Rachel and I started together but after about mile 3 she took off at a faster pace. At about this time is when I tore my headband off due to being so hot. Then at about mile 5, Kelli caught up with me and we ran together until about mile 8. Our husbands/ fiance were around mile 6/7 so it was nice to see them! Then they headed to the finish line. After that I had to walk a little bit due to some stomach issues. I always think Powerade is a good idea mid race but it never is. Make a mental note this time Ashley! My goal was to run the race in under 2 hours, and I did it!


The ending of the race was downhill and I booked it. Although I think I thought the finish line was a little closer because by the time that I actually hit the finish line, I was gassed! At the finish line they gave us these aluminum blankets and had different food/drink options. I grabbed a water, mini salted nut roll, chips, little chocolate milk and some chicken broth. I didn't think the broth would actually be appetizing but it turned out to be exactly what I needed. The only thing that we didn't really like at the end was that you had to go quite a ways around the event to actually get out. I get that they want an area for runners only to kinda cool off and get themselves back together, but when you just wanna get out of there it got a little frustrating.



The metals were really cool for this race. The silver part of it is actually quite heavy and has a space on the back if you wanted to get it engraved. After getting home, I relaxed on the couch and didn't do much. My race days are definitely lazy days!

All in all I really liked this race but I will say that I don't think that I will ever do it again. I also said kinda the same thing for my half marathon but I know I won't do that one again. I think this girl is sticking to shorter distances from now on!

So what now?
I have actually been running a little bit but have shifted my focus back to weight lifting. During my training, I could see that I was losing some fat on my upper body but gaining muscle in my legs (which led to no change in the scale). While I enjoy that, I want to work on getting my strength back. I will still keep running but not to the extent that I was before. 30-45 minutes is good for me. I am also enrolled in the Katy Hearn Fall Challenge right now. It is mostly weight lifting and she provides you with the workouts to do. If you haven't heard of her, you should check her out here. She has made some amazing progress, is a great coach and is just real and down to earth. Not to mention she is B.E.A.UTIFUL!

Well that is all for now! See you soon!


Any races you are looking forward to or have ran recently that you enjoyed? 


Linking up with these pretty ladies!

AnnMarieJenNicole, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday!

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Also linking up with Running on HappySuzlyfeCrazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs for Running Coaches Corner!