The Painted Hills

On June 29, 2018 L and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. In honor of this milestone we took a mini road trip to the The Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds.

The weekend was filled with a lot of eating delicious food and consuming many (too many) delicious drinks.

I cannot wait to see where are next adventure leads us!

Oh Christmas tree.

Sorry about that post title. I couldn’t pass on such a cheesy opportunity.

Typically we get a sweet little 3 foot tree but this year we went with 6 feet. We could have fit up to ten but I have to take what I can get.

It finally feels like Christmas in our home and I plan on living it up for the next two weeks.

Merry Christmas!

Working on my fitness

Yesterday was day one of Time It Up’s Holiday Hustle. My legs and arms are a bit sore today. You see the last couples weeks I’ve let my workouts go to the wayside. I tend to let life’s emotions get in the way. You win some, you lose some.

I’m felt great completing yesterday’s work out so I know I’ll feel even better if I keep going for the full hustle. As I type this I’m on the elliptical at work. #winning.

I’m not looking for the BIG transformation. Nope. I don’t have time for that much restriction. I’m looking to feel better. I have a dark history of depending on the scale and the number I see. I don’t want to return to that dark place. Yes I still experience some greet area. Last week for instance I weighed myself for fun. I’m 137 pounds. This time last year I weighed 129… I’m 5’7″ and 137 is perfectly healthy but I let that number take me to a very grey place.

So I decided last night screw the scale as I ate Brie cheese as my after workout snack. I’m ok with not having perfect abs as long I know I feel good.

Hopefully I stick to it this time. Who knows what life emotions I’ll feel tomorrow….

How is November already almost over?! End of year goals.

How is it November 28th? Christmas is in four weeks and 2018 is only five weeks away. This month completely flew by for me.

Things around here haven’t been too exciting so I’m ready to liven things up. I really want to embrace these last few weeks of 2017. To help myself along I thought I’d set some goals. Some Christmas related and some not. I guess a mix of holiday cheer and self love.

  • Decorate the house.
  • Decorate my office.
  • Bake cookies to share with the office.
  • Start gathering items for L’s stocking.
  • Purchase a dress for the annual office party.
  • Try to skip blow drying my hair two to three times a week. Last night was night one.
  • Work out at least three to four days a week. I really need to get back into a routine.
  • Drink half my weight in water (ounces) everyday.
  • Post here at least twice a week.
  • Go see The Orient Express. Looks so good!

I know this isn’t the most adventurous list but I truly feel this will help me stay motivated, in the holiday spirit and give myself a little love.

Last year I had hard time getting in the spirit and really embracing the season. This year has been completely different so far. I’m still having a hard time accepting Grandpa isn’t with us and our traditional Christmas Eve gathering is going to look completely different.

I just need to remember to embrace the season. Let myself feel the joy.

Merry Christmas!


So I started this post then needed to step away. Well I didn’t save it so I’m starting from scratch…

I’m in disbelief it’s Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone?! Every year goes by faster and faster. The days are long but the years are short is a very true statement. So given the season I thought I would write down all the little things I’m grateful for.

  • L. I don’t even know how to put into words how grateful I am for him and our marriage. It’s not perfect and it’s messy and we bicker but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Grandpa. I love him so very much. I’m still having a hard time accepting he isn’t with us this holiday season. He loved the holidays and the only way the tree had enough tinsel is if you wrapped it in tinfoil.
  • Nicole. She just gets me. We just get each other. Even though she lives far away we can communicate with a simple text. It helps her not feel so far away.
  • Mom and Sissie. Three musketeers for life.
  • My fur babies. There is nothing better than snuggling their fuzzy faces every night. Walking in the door after a long rough day is the best only because of the excitement the dogs have.
  • L’s family. They are amazing. Each in their own way and I love it.
  • My job. Because of my job I’m able to contribute to our little life.
  • My cars seat warmers. Highly needed. Especially since it’s been 40 degrees every morning.
  • Coffee with vanilla almond milk. My day cannot begin without it.
  • My health. So far i haven’t had an medical emergencies and I’m very grateful.
  • My body. Also because the above my body is able to do some amazing things. I can workout if I want without pain (as long as I have proper form).
  • The snow. It looks like it’s going to be another great ski season. Just hope the snow stays in the mountains.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. If you do participate in shopping today, tomorrow, or any point this weekend please remember the sales associates are human too. They have families too. Not all of them are choosing to work today.

Simple pleasures of a dog

Sunday morning Max discovered a window without a screen. L was outside with the dogs while I was inside. The complete joy on his face is obvious. He just couldn’t believe what he was experiencing. I just love him and simple pleasures he finds everywhere.