Happy 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018


We're 5 days into 2018, is anybody else having a hard time believing it's the new year already? 

  

December 2017 

The month of December was a tough one for me! Work was so busy I couldn't keep my head on straight. I also came down with a monster cold, which wasn't made any better by the fact that I really couldn't take time off from work because I was so busy. My cold actually got so bad it gave me an ear infection. While treating that with antibiotics, I came down with a yeast infection. (Antibiotics are no joke! - I also don't want to take them again anytime soon!) Also the Saturday before Christmas, as I was getting ready to meet up with some friends I stepped on a thorn in the bedroom carpet and got part of it stuck in my foot. It actually stayed in there until this week because I couldn't get it to come out. Luckily it has now been removed and my foot is feeling much better. 
  
Ringing in 2018 

Texan decided that we should take a New Year's vacation to ring in 2018, so we booked a trip down to Panama City Beach, Florida. Unfortunately we did not except the weather to be so cold all over the East Coast, so instead of getting the nice 60 - 70 degree weather we hoped for, we got barely 60 degrees and misty/dreary days for the most part, but we made the best of it. We spent the two sunny days walking on the beach, visiting the pier and drinking at Pineapple Willy's (if you are ever in Panama City Beach, I would recommend going there at sunset and sitting outside). We went to see the Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park. It was a really cool experience to be in a place where you could watch the ball drop live.  

Warning: Lot of photos to come.
  








 Goals for 2018 

I made a few resolutions for 2018. My first and main goal of this year is to lose 40 pounds and wear a size 6 by the end of the year. Weight loss is a typical resolution for me, but this year I really want to put the effort into making it happen. Texan's resolution was to work out 5 times a week so with both of us having health related goals, I'm hoping it will be extra motivation to actually achieve my weight loss goal this year.  

In addition to my weight loss goal, I want to clean out the fridge every Tuesday and print out photos I took each month to make a 2018 photo album. As for some online goals, I want to blog and vlog once per week, or at least have 52 posts on each platform by the end of the year.  

In general, I have high hopes for 2018. I want to use this year to take care of myself: physically, financially and mentally.  
  
What resolutions did you make for 2018? 


Weekend Adventures

Monday, November 13, 2017


For whatever reason, my words have pretty much escaped me. So I’m just going to keep it simple. This weekend was fairly busy.
Saturday morning was the Richmond Marathon. So I got up before the sun to go into Richmond to run the 8k! We got into the city, found a place to park, and made a mad dash for a warm hotel lobby bathroom and by the time we got out I had 20 minutes until my run started. The course itself wasn’t that bad. I ran with my water bottle and by the time I got to mile 3 I had taken a few too many sips of water. My tummy was all sloshy but I kept pushing on. I managed to finish in 1 hour and 3 minutes. My hope was to finish in 1 hour and my “I did pretty good” time was 1 hour and 5 minutes. So I’m glad I finished right in the middle.
My mom did pretty awesome with her half marathon though. She cut 10 minutes off of last years’ time. She ended up finishing in 2 hours and 24 minutes. I’m so proud of her, though she said she as so glad it was over.
I have been trying to spice up Texan and my relationship recently. It feels like we’ve fallen in the “old married couple rut”. I seriously hope we aren’t the only ones! Anyway, I wanted to take a day-date up to the mountains to pick some apples. Sunday morning Texan reluctantly agreed to the trip even though he had other plans. We ended up having a good time but we weren’t super impressed with the orchard we went to. This orchard had high reviews from all of my coworkers but it didn’t meet my expectations. I was a little bummed but I can now say I’ve had the experience of going apple picking.


The weekend went by so fast. Now I’m ready for the weekend and our next date-night!

How was y’alls weekend?


Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats - FBD

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Last night I went out for a walk a little before 7. It was getting dark quickly but right in that time before it became really dark, I finally felt Fall. You know that feeling when it’s cool but still slightly warm, you see all the pumpkins and sunflowers and Fall décor, you smell the crisp leaves and maybe, just maybe the smell of baking pies. I finally feel like it’s Fall.

I’ve been trying to get in the Fall spirit. I decorated my house, though I still need to take pictures to show y’all. I’ve been slowly but surely drawing my Fall popsicle sticks and crossing them off.

Today’s fun Fall popsicle stick drawing is “Make a pumpkin recipe”. If you tune in regularly, you saw that I tried some overnight oats and they didn’t turn out well. So, those overnight oats were actually Pumpkin Spice overnight oats. But when I went home Monday night, I split up my jars and added more oats to all of them and they turned out really great! I am actually enjoying a mason jar of them now!



I found the recipe on Pinterest from this blog but like I said, I had to doctor up the oats. If you like soupier oatmeal, you can follow the recipe as is. But if you’re like me and enjoy some thicker oatmeal, I would only add half the amount of milk it calls for, or as a co-worker told me, just add enough milk to cover the oats.

Another alteration I made to this recipe was with the pumpkin spice. I’m not sure if I was just having a blonde moment, but I couldn’t find pumpkin spice (is there such a thing?), so I replaced pumpkin spice with nutmeg. I enjoyed the flavor of the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg together.

Ingredients

¼ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup old-fashion or rolled oats
1 cup milk (Almondmilk or regular)
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ cup chopped candied pecans (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
2. In the morning, warm oats in a pot over medium heat or place in a microwavable container and warm in the microwave.

Enjoy! 





Random Monday Thoughts

Monday, October 16, 2017


Happy Monday y’all. It’s quite the rainy/cloudy/gloomy day which kind of describes how I feel going back to work after a quiet relaxing weekend.

Everybody else feels this way too, right? It’s harder to get up on Monday mornings. Your brain feels a little foggier than usual. Just getting moving in general is difficult. Just me?! Maybe.

I had planned to talk about Christmas cards today and how I wanted to design my photo card this year. But I still feel like it’s too early to talk about Christmas, even though I’ve been thinking about making Christmas gifts almost non-stop. It is hard for me to get Texan in the Christmas spirit and if I even think about mentioning the idea of Christmas cards before Thanksgiving I will get an evil eye that could kill.

We went into Home Depot this weekend (because our plumbing decided it was going to leak—thank you toilet and kitchen sink!) and they already had Christmas décor up. The first words out of Texan’s mouth were “Maybe they don’t know there are 2 holidays between now and Christmas”. I get it, Halloween and Thanksgiving are becoming the forgotten holidays after fall arrives. Pumpkin Spice Lattes take up the seasonal hype and then things move straight to Christmas.

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. So I am going to take some time to write down what I’m thankful for. As the years go by, it’s very important to me to take the time to be grateful for the people I have in my life and the experiences I’m getting each year. I will share some of the things I’m grateful for once November arrives. (I don’t want to neglect Halloween’s glory)

Okay, random post over. Sometimes you just need to get those kind of posts out, ya know?! 

P.S. Here was my first attempt at overnight oats... a little soupy for my taste. Now to go doctor up tyre other 2 jars I made lady night... #recipefail 







FBD - Get Seasonal Hot Drink

Wednesday, October 4, 2017



We’re officially into October now. It’s amazing too because during the day it’s still getting pretty hot around here. Although this weekend I took advantage of the cooler mornings and completed one of my Fall bucket drawing (FBD) activities.



 
 I kind of cheated a little; I didn’t randomly draw a Popsicle stick. I knew I wanted to grab some coffee while running errands this past weekend, but I have to admit it, my pumpkin spice caramel latte hit the spot. 

What's your favorite seasonal Fall drink?