Warm weather and a little jiggle

I am still trying to buckle down and catch up from our vacation last week to Jamaica. Boy was it amazing to relax on the beach, completely disconnected from technology and work, and just relax with my love. I'm hoping to write up a brief post about our vacation and what I learned about traveling with B, so stay tuned.

In the mean time ... here's a little recap on life lately (aka my lazy post to give you random info).

LOVING: My tan lines! It feels so nice to have a little glisten to my skin and wear colors like coral and turquoise. I'm so ready for the warm weather to be here so I can get this color to stay. But it's also made me very aware at how much I need to take care of my skin now that I'm getting older.

READING: Mating in Captivity. It's quite an eye opening book about relationships and intimacy (not just the physical stuff). I read from beginning to end Me Before You by JoJo Moyes while on vacation. What an incredible book. HIGHLY recommend it.

WATCHING: My weight! I'm up 8 lbs since last month, 5 of which are just from our brief vacation. B & I ordered another cleanse so we can jump start the metabolism again and are toying with some ways to increase our exercise routines. I felt amazing wearing a bikini down in Jamaica (especially some of the people who were wearing bikinis should NOT have been wearing one), but I want to feel even better walking around in one at the Jersey shore where most of the beach babies were gym rats all winter.

ANTICIPATING: A busy few weeks. We've got Easter (with two fams), a baby shower (me, not B), a sleepover with my niece, a work trip (B, not me), and a 5k coming up in the next few weeks. I'm so thankful for Google Calendar.

LISTENING TO: The House Workout playlist on Spotify. Seriously gets me so amped for the day and excited for cardio. No joke.

PLANNING: To take the Barre3 Spring Challenge coming up. I'm totally obsessed with Barre3 classes but hate how expensive they are. This was a great deal that I can do from the comfort of my own home (with B of course ... he's not getting out of this one).

WORKING ON: Starting a little side business of my own. B & I have been chatting the last few weeks about my passions in my professional life and where I see myself down the road. The trip away was a great way for me to organize my thoughts and relax before the hard work begins. I'm not quite ready to share with you yet, but hopefully in the next month or two things will be further along.

WISHING: I was back on the beach with a Miami Vice in one hand and a good book in the other. The beach .... oh how I love it.

Here's a little peek into our week. More to come soon!

How was your weekend? What's on your agenda for this week?


High Five for 3.28

I’m so glad it’s Friday, aren’t you guys? Well, am I ever NOT glad it’s Friday? Let’s be honest. I’m hoping this weekend and next week fly by just as fast as this week did so I can be in vacation mode and then in Jamaica. But, I’m hoping the week I’m IN Jamaica will go by slow so I can enjoy it. I always feel like vacation goes too fast.

And now I’m rambling.

I haven’t been too present around here lately. I thought time would slow down in March but it sure hasn’t! B and I are planning our Jamaica trip, we’re both rather busy at work, and both of us have some things in the works on the back end. I’m not ready to share just what yet, but maybe in due time.

Also, I’m taking a course with Jess Lively right now about intention setting and living more in the present. It’s been eye opening to really look at the situations (both good and bad) in my life and focus more on how to approach them in a more positive, organized way. If you are feeling overwhelmed with life and what you WANT to do with it, I highly recommend this course.
Yet, there was a few highlights of my week. Shall we?

1. March Madness is my favorite holiday. I LOVE the sport of Basketball and love the competitive nature of making a bracket even more. B & I took some time this week to sit and enjoy some of the games. We're such an old married couple.

2. I bought a new nail polish the other day at the beauty store. Jackie Oh! by Color Club. It's BRIGHT, but I wanted to try something new for my upcoming trip. I'm hesitant to put it on my fingers yet. 

3. I did a bunch of great workouts this week and my body is totally feeling it. I took a few minutes to lay in bed the other morning after my shower and just "be." I used to do this when I lived with my parents, but haven't since I moved in with B. It was nice to veg in the quietness of our bedroom and catch up on social media and e-mails.

4. Barenecessities.com is by far the best thing I've discovered this year. The bathing suits I mentioned in my last post were a hit. You may remember my post on Facebook the other day about B's reaction to one of them. I'll be 29 this year and have worn at least a B cup since 7th grade. In my years of having ta-tas, I've NEVER put on a bathing suit and felt supported, sexy (but not slutty), and comfortable. Until this site jumped into my life. Seriously, it's a lifesaver. 

5. Our flag has officially bit the dust. On Instagram, I shared a picture of it getting stuck on the gutter. I think it was the flag's way of telling me to save it, as we've been experiencing some crazy wind the last few days. But, if you're going to be the flag on my house you've gotta be strong! So I left it blowing in the wind. I came home Wednesday night to the flag like this. Part of the clip at the top broke off and the poor thing was hanging there. I think it's time to retire this poor thing and invest in the new one at Costco I've been eyeing. 

How was your week? Anything fun planned this weekend?

**PS - I now realize that most of the pictures I shared with you this week are of my feet. I apologize for that. BUT, I will share with you that I was actually picked up one time by a guy because he thought I had nice feet. So, they aren't gross. I promise. 


Chantelle Bras and Hot Yoga

I was planning on spending my Sunday blogging, cleaning, and organizing before my week started. But, that didn't happen. B & I had hectic weeks last week (mostly him) and instead of regrouping this weekend we were lazy. I did some shopping, he did some work. I cooked some food, he did some laundry (well, half did - it's still on top of the dryer in the basement). I went shopping for new bras and bathing suits, he visited his very ill uncle.

Side note: If you're a bigger-busted gal and looking for the perfect bra, go to Nordstrom and put on a Chantelle. 1) The fitting experience at Nordstrom is amazing and 2) The bra will make you never wear another brand again. Trust me. 

But, Monday mornings are always the best for me. They go by super fast, and I'm motivated to get my week started on a good note.

Since no blogging was done this weekend, and I'm seriously slacking in sharing things with you guys lately, I figured this would be a great way to get you caught up on things.

LOVING: The fact that B's friends talked him into traveling to Jamaica for my birthday to piggyback a trip they already had booked. We will be traveling to Jamaica Tuesday, April 8th to Sunday, April 13th. We get 2 days to ourselves before they arrive on Thursday. We both really need a vacation.

READING: I just finished The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and let me tell you ... it was AMAZING! Next up is The Fault in Our Stars.

WATCHING: House of Cards. B & I started the series last night. We are two episodes in and I'm still on the fence about it. It is really making me want to visit Washington, DC though. I just love that city.

ANTICIPATING: The arrival of my new bathing suits! Wednesday is delivery day and I'm feeling hopeful. So far I struck out at Victoria's Secret and Everything But Water. I found a Web site called Bare Necessities that caters to bigger chested woman and the reviews for each suit were remarkable. Crossing my fingers at least one fits.

LISTENING TO: I've been rocking out to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack for the last few days. I loved the movie and the music was also incredible.

PLANNING: A new recipe for dinner tonight! Spicy Parmesan Shrimp over pasta is on the menu for dinner tonight. We eat basically the same meals all the time because they are clean, easy, cheap, and I haven't had time to really meal prep. I hope this is a good one.

WORKING ON: A week full of workouts. We are down to 2 weeks before bikini weather and I've got a little pudge recently. Aside from the boot camp classes that B & I go to 3x a week, I recently purchased a package for a local hot yoga spot. I figure 2-3 times a week would be a great way to sweat out the toxins and lose maybe an inch before we leave for Jamaica. My first class is tonight. Stay tuned!

WISHING: The next 2 weeks would go by super fast and then the week we are gone would go by super slow. And for the Michael Kors or Zara bag that I've been eyeing to arrive right before my trip as a birthday gift. Hint Hint :)

Lastly, a little visual for you guys, since I know everyone loves photos! This is one of the photos of the resort we're staying in.

How was your weekend? What's on your agenda for this week?


High Five for 3.7

This week was a weird one. The days flew by but I feel like the week did not. Does that make sense?

This morning has been rough so far and it's not even 9 am yet (or at least not while I'm writing this post). I crawled out of bed to get myself to boot camp (win), kept forgetting things upstairs so climbed our stairs about 18x (annoying, but a great cardio workout, and became crabby because I felt like my morning was rushed (woof).

Despite this week being a little wonky (my favorite word), we still had some highlights.

1. Bean slept over last weekend, so technically it's not considered part of "this" week, but it still rocked my world. I miss this little girl since I moved in with B. We built a fort in the living room and made pizza. I wish we could see her more often. Like ... every weekend.

2. Sunday my cousin hosted a Mad Hatter, Tea Party Bridal Shower. It was genius. From the overlapping, mismatched table clothes to the mismatched tea cups/saucers and tea pots, this shower spoke wonders to her creative personality and nailed the theme. It was perfect. Now, I want to collect tea pots. 

3. We've finally made some progress in the kitchen and bathrooms remodel. This week we've been in constant contact with the designer and have made some changes to our original design. I had a dream the other night that the kitchen was done and I was cooking our first meal in it. It was sad to wake up and realize it was not reality, but it makes me so hopeful for the next few months!

4. B & I have been admittedly drinking too much wine lately. This was the label for a new brand/type this week. Very risque. 

5. A few of the girls from work & I went for Thai food Thursday night at a place nearby that we've been itching to go to. B & I go there frequently, but I wanted to make sure they get to try the deliciousness of the food and the thoughtfulness of the service. Total win -- they loved it!

This weekend, B & I have minimal plans and I'm so happy about that. I plan on cleaning, re-organizing my closet and dresser, and doing some writing. Next week we'll be in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day (my first time, B's umpteenth), so I want to get some things checked off my list before we head out of town. 

How was your week? What's on your agenda for the weekend?


The Year of the Book

One of my New Year goals is to read more books. I crave that downtime where you can get lost in the story, but never find the time to actually sit down and get to it.

I’ve always been a fan of actual books. The smell of the pages, the feel of a brand new cover (or a worn-in one), the crack of the binder when you break it open. Ahh … it’s euphoric. But, B convinced me to try out a book on my iPad.

The first book I’m reading on my iPad is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. In the first 50-something pages of this book I’m already hooked. I can’t wait to read where this story goes.

As for the rest of the year, these books are in my queue.

I was told this book will make you cry. It popped up in my feed around the time I lost my friend, Ginger. So, I was told not to read it yet. This will be the next book I read, once I’m done with Jodi’s book.

The above book is pretty targeted. “I’ve heard so much about these stories that I can’t wait to read them” kind of book.

Some other books that are in my lineup are:

Have you guys heard of any of these books? Send me your recommendations for any books you think I should add to my list!


Monday Meal Planning and Weekend Recap

Why hello! February is officially gone and I could not be happier. Am I right? We were told last week that Sunday would bring one last monster of a snow storm. They expected 6-12 inches in my area. And this morning I woke up to NOTHING!

I was disappointed that I wouldn’t have a WFH day to lounge at my dining room table with a cup of coffee and my pajamas. But, I’m excited because I’m in the office and can start the week off strong.

B & I had an insanely busy weekend. Bean (my niece) stayed over Friday night. We made pizza, build a fort in the living room, and watching Paranorman. It was lovely.

Saturday was a busy one. A few errands, lunch with Bean, met with the kitchen guy to look over the plan for our big reno, a surprise housewarming party, a quick visit with Nan, and out with friends afterwards. Phew! I’m exhausted just typing that!

Sunday was my cousin’s Mad Hatter Tea Party bridal shower. It was amazing! Mismatched tea pots and tea cups for our beverage of choice, “Drink Me” apple cider, “Eat Me” cookies, and fun hats galore. It was the perfect way to celebrate her upcoming marriage and perfect for her personality.

This week B & I are looking to get back into a routine with our workouts and focus more on our eating. Not that we’ve been off-track by any means, but I’m working with a coworker to help her drop some pounds and if I’m not at the top of my game then how can I help her? Plus, this summer I’m going to rock a bikini … so it’s go time.

I meal planned yesterday, but considering how busy I was this weekend I had little to no energy left to write it up for you guys. But, better late than never!

Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Monday: Shrimp scampi over quinoa (or pasta … if B will let me!). Simple recipe with just garlic and white cooking wine.

Tuesday: Stuffed chicken. Not sure what kind of side I’ll do yet. Maybe sautéed spinach! I think I'm just going to wing it with this one, but I may stuff the chicken with either a) pesto and feta or b) peppers and cheese.

Wednesday: Sausage & peppers. This is B's signature dish. He just throws spices in the pan, but I can never quite get the taste right. Plus, the leftovers in our eggs for breakfast is mind blowing.

Thursday: Dinner out with the girls. A local Thai restaurant that is to die for!

Friday: Dinner at Allison’s house to celebrate her 1-year of owning her condo.

Saturday: Spinach turkey meatballs (a favorite of B’s). 

Sunday: Slow cooker chicken fajita soup.

Happy Monday folks!


Ginger, My Friend

Two terrible weeks. It has been two terrible weeks.

I thought January would be the fresh start. The whirlwind of the holiday season would be behind us, we can get back on track and focus on a great 2014.

I was wrong.

Ok, ok … February will be it. I could just feel it. February would be the month that things get better.

And again, I was wrong.

Work has been busy. Overly busy. The kind of busy that breaks you down … and down … and down. Late nights + early mornings = stressful days.

After a week that I thought could not be topped and a weekend I wish I could erase from my memory, I looked at Monday, February 10th as my start. “Hey guys, Day 1 of 5 is done. It was tough, but we made it through. And ya know what? Tomorrow is Day 2 … one day closer to the weekend,” I said as I left my office that Monday.

Tuesday, I’d like to erase from my life completely.

I walked into work and could sense the tension. Something was wrong.

A text from my coworker to come see her as soon as I got in – completely unrelated to the situation I just walked into. A note on my monitor from my boss “Meg, come by as soon as you get in. – Donna” and my colleague stopping by with a solemn look as she said, “Meg, go see Donna ... now.”

I could tell something was wrong.

The walk past the 5 offices to my boss’s was weird. I don't know how else to explain it. People were whispering, sniffling, and distracted.

That moment has been forever burned into my brain. Sitting down in the chair, two of my closest work buds across from me. I can tell you the exact outfit we were each wearing and how we were all sitting when my boss spoke the words, “Ginger passed away this morning.”

I couldn't catch my breath. It felt like an eternity had passed with flashes and thoughts of our last conversation before it hit me like a brick and the tears came. We were just laughing hysterically on Friday, 5 or 6 of us standing around her office, talking about boobs. What do you mean she's gone? 

I can’t speak for everyone, but when starting a new job I think of 2 things: 1) How much of an impact the new salary will make on my life and 2) the opportunities this position will bring. Of course you hope to make friends – no one wants to sit alone at the lunch table – but you never realize how close you’ll become with your coworkers.

My current company has become my second home. I spend more of my waking time each week in the office with my colleagues than I do with B. I know about their family. I know when they have good days and when they have bad days. I’m genuinely excited to get to work on Monday mornings and hear about their weekends.

She was a riot, that Ging. 

She was one of the first people I saw when I walked into the office 15 minutes later than my "norm" after dropping my Mom off at the hospital because she had a TIA. She forced me to leave and go back to the hospital. 
She was right. 

She was the person I went to when my Nana spent almost 2 months in sever pain before the doctors could figure out what was wrong with her. "Shingles," she said. "It's definitely shingles." 
She was right. 

"March yourself into Boss Lady's office and you tell her what you just told me. She will help." 
She was right. 

Last week was not an easy one. Frequent episodes of tears, anger, sleepless nights, and random breakouts in song (long story).

This week, we say goodbye to a dear friend. She will never know that my stepdad’s biopsy came back negative. She’ll never know that the testing my Mom has been going through for her heart racing came back fine and she’s being treated for something else. She’ll never know that one coworker got engaged and another announce a pregnancy recently. She’ll never know that there was a resolution to a big work-related stressor of mine.

For me, she’ll never know when B & I get engaged. When we get a puppy. When we announce a pregnancy. To hear about the Broadway shows we go to and hear that I’m “Just peachy” today.

Life is not promised to you. Things are going to happen to you in your life, and it’s how you react to it that matters. Not everything will be positive, sometimes the one person you need to be there for you will no longer be able to, and you’ll never get this moment back to try again.

Last week was devastating. It was the straw that broke the camel's back February. It was the permanent mark on all of our lives that we will never forget.

But this week, we say goodbye and we promise her that we will do so much good, every day of every month of every year.

Because that’s what Ginger would expect of us. 
She sent this image to me the day she sent me to the hospital to be with my Mom with the caption, "Megan, I am enjoying your cubicle while you are enjoying your mom's hospital bed.  "

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