Tuesday, January 31, 2012

5K Feeling

This past Saturday I ran my first ever 5k. It was one of the most exciting days of my life. Let me tell you why.

We left my house at 5:30 a.m to drive the 25ish minutes to Daytona. After picking up our packets and getting all checked in we headed down to the starting line. In the middle of Pit Road. At Daytona International Speedway.

The sun had not even risen yet, and here I was, standing under the lights of one of the most famous auto raceways in the country, lined up where motorsports legends have lined up for years to "start their engines".

As soon as I plugged in my headphones and turned up my tunes it was time to go. Once my feet started moving all I could think about was my pace. Trying to concentrate on not fizzling out too quickly. Before I knew it, a mix of Rihanna and Lady Gaga had carried me through the first mile. I slowed once to a walking speed, but my feet wouldn't have it and I sped up. Thinking to myself "Just make it through this song" then "One more song". Just past mile 2 I passed by some more members of our group who were doing the walking track. Shortly after that was mile 3 and the final turn.

The adrenaline I felt at that moment was incredible. I pulled out all the stops as soon as I could see the finish line. It wasn't long before the rest of our group crossed the finish line from the walking track. What an incredible feeling!

After a celebratory Denny's breakfast, a shower, and a quick nap we headed back to the track for the Rolex 24 hour race which we got into for free with our registration...and where after patient waiting, we caught a glimpse McDreamy himself, the one and only Patrick Dempsey, getting into his car!

Needless to say I slept like the dead that night. I am on the hunt now and gearing up for the next race!

Rach and I, excited and exhausted (in front of McDreamy's garage...)

Monday, January 30, 2012

99 Questions Tag

 I love getting to know people through these! I got this tag from Stylishly Yours. If you read all of this, bless your heart. I tag YOU!!
1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Usually open. I never remember to close it.

2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Guilty as charged.

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Always out. I hate when my feet feel stuck.

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
No. I've actually always wondered how people manage that.

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?
Yes. They are helpful.

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
I don't cut them out.

7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
I think I would have to say bees.

8:Do you have freckles?
On my shoulders.

9:Do you always smile for pictures?
Not always. I'm a fan of "silly face" pictures.

10:What is your biggest pet peeve?
I don't know if it's my biggest, but it really bothers me when people pull the microwave door open before the timer stops and they don't clear it.

11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

12:Have you ever peed in the woods?
I have

13:What about pooped in the woods?

14:Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?
Yup. All the time.

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?
The thought of chewing on pencils makes my teeth hurt.

16:How many people have you slept with this week?

17:What size is your bed?

18:What is your Song of the week?
Stereo Hearts

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

20:Do you still watch cartoons?
I teach preschool. Cartoons are a big deal.

21:Whats your least favorite movie?
I don't really like scary movies.

22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
If I buried hidden treasure, I probably would never find it again.

23:What do you drink with dinner?
Usually water. Sometimes milk.

24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Sweet and sour sauce.

25:What is your favorite food?
Potatoes. Mashed, baked, or french fried. :)

26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Just Friends...my all-time favorite. School of Rock, Rent, The Outsiders.

27:Last person you kissed/kissed you?

28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
No I would not.

30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Just before Christmas I think. Justin and I write letters back and forth quite a bit.

31:Can you change the oil on a car?
Probably not...

32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

33:Ever ran out of gas?

34:Favorite kind of sandwich?

35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?

36:What is your usual bedtime?
Between 10:30-11

37:Are you lazy?

38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
A princess, a witch, a hippie...random stuff. My grandma made a lot of my costumes.

39:What is your Chinese astrological sign?
I don't even know.

40:How many languages can you speak?
English. I took 4 years of Latin but no one speaks that.

41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
Lincoln logs, absolutely.

43:Are you stubborn?
I can be.

44:Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
I don't watch either.

45:Ever watch soap operas?

46:Are you afraid of heights?
Not really.

47:Do you sing in the car?

48:Do you sing in the shower?
Mm hmm

49:Do you dance in the car?
Only...all the time.

50:Ever used a gun?

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
We had engagement pictures done around Thanksgiving.

52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?
No, I LOVE them.

53:Is Christmas stressful?
It can be, but it's my favorite time of the year!

54:Ever eat a pierogi?
Yes...they're actually really fun to make!

55:Favorite type of fruit pie?

56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Teacher, lawyer or rock star. :)

57:Do you believe in ghosts?
No. But I still get creeped out by ghost stories.

58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Mm hmm

59:Take a vitamin daily?
No. I was taking a multivitamin but I'm no good at remembering to take it.

60:Wear slippers?
I actually don't own any. But my feet are almost always cold. I love wearing fuzzy socks!

61:Wear a bath robe?

62:What do you wear to bed?

63:First concert?
Alan Jackson

64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?

65:Nike or Adidas?
I like both, I guess.

66:Cheetos Or Fritos?

67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

69:Ever take dance lessons?
For a little while when I was a little kid.

70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Well, he's almost done with his degree in Education. So I would say teaching :-p

71:Can you curl your tongue?
Yes, I can.

72:Ever won a spelling bee?

73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes :)

74:Own any record albums?

75:Own a record player?
Why would I need one if I don't have any record albums??

76:Regularly burn incense?
No. But candles, all the time.

77:Ever been in love?
I am :)

78:Who would you like to see in concert?
Coldplay, Rascal Flatts, Adele, Rihanna....I'm seriously a concert junkie. Any and all.

79:What was the last concert you saw?
Florence and the Machine + U2 ---best concert of my life.

80:Hot tea or cold tea?
Mmmm iced tea. Better yet, Passion Fruit tea with Lemonade.

81:Tea or coffee?

82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?

83:Can you swim well?
Enough to keep myself afloat.

84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

85:Are you patient?
Not really at all.

86:DJ or band, at a wedding?
I am having a DJ

87:Ever won a contest?
Yes. Concert tickets on the radio :)

88:Ever have plastic surgery?
No, I haven't.

89:Which are better black or green olives?
I looooooove olives. Both.

90:Can you knit or crochet?
I crochet. Check out the post on the blanket I'm working on right now :)

91:Best room for a fireplace?
Living room/family room

92:Do you want to get married?
I am marrying my best friend on June 16, 2012!!

93:If married, how long have you been married?
Not married yet.

94:Who was your HS crush?

95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

96:Do you have kids?

97:Do you want kids?
Yeah, I do. But not for a while.

98:Whats your favorite color?
3-way tie....green, purple, and red!

99:Do you miss anyone right now?
Terribly. I miss my fiance and my family so much it hurts :(

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Outfit of the Morning!

Today I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about an hour and a half before my alarm went off for church. What a perfect time for an outfit of the day!
This is one of my favorite dresses. It's from JC Penney, and came with the belt.
My necklace is also from JC Penney. It's not very visible in the picture but is gold, silver and copper rings.
My sweater and shoes are both from Target. 

I forgot to wear my bag in the photo, but took a picture of it separately anyway. I got it at a little boutique in downtown St. Augustine. Don't mind the messy table in the background. :)

 I am hoping to do some more outfit of the day videos in the future. And to get better shots of the outfits and accessories!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Totally Tie-Dye

I am geeky and get excited by finding new and exciting places in my town. Yesterday I was introduced to a little art studio that was tucked away behind a strip mall and a car dealership, and let me tell you, this place is a hidden treasure!

A friend of mine told me about this place recently and mentioned that they were having a "Tie-Dye Day", so after church my roommate, friend, and her daughter went to check it out. There was one room blocked off for tie-dye, but the main part of the building was full of pottery to paint, glass pieces for mosaics, and a jewelry station! I am still kicking myself for not having my camera with me--what kind of blogger am I?!
Sideways view. It says "I got creative at art & soul"
Each shirt was about $10. All they had available were t-shirts with the studio logo, but we suggested that they look into tank tops, socks, etc. ;) Once we bought our shirts we took them back into the dying room. First we had to soak them in soda ash. We were told that this changed the pH of the dye and helped it make a permanent connection to the fibers in the shirt. We did that for about 5 minutes.

Then we put a clothespin on the spot where we wanted the spiral to begin (mine is right over my heart) and twisted until the whole shirt rolled up. Then we put rubber bands around the shirt so it looked like a sliced pizza.

Actually applying color was the fun (messy) part. I had in my mind only to use a couple of colors, but I couldn't help but love them all! I applied them very randomly to each section on both sides. We wrapped our shirts tightly in plastic wrap and put them in Ziploc freezer bags to keep overnight.

I threw mine in the tub under cold water this morning until it ran mostly clear. Then I put it in the washing machine on a cold spin cycle before running it with soap. I am very pleased with how it turned out and can't wait to go back and try out some of the other things they have at the studio!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Saturday Smoothie Success

This past weekend I enjoyed a relaxing weekend off. After a long and crazy week of teaching, this three day weekend was just what I needed.

When Friday afternoon rolled around, I decided to get my grocery shopping out of the way. I picked up something for dinner, stopped at the Red Box, and prepared myself for a night of pajamas, a bottle of moscato, and my couch.

Waking relaxed and refreshed Saturday morning I decided to wash and cut up the fruit I bought the night before. I find that doing this makes me more likely to choose it for a snack since it is right at the front of the refrigerator, easily accessible and ready to eat. While I was cutting up some pineapple I thought it would be pretty tasty in a smoothie.

In the blender
After finding, assembling, and figuring out the blender I tossed in some pineapple chunks, some cut up mango, a whole small banana, and some ice. I topped that with some orange juice and away we went! It was fantastic, easy and definitely something I will try again in the future. It is great fuel for the day, an awesome easy way to get a good serving of fruit (or veggies..), and the combinations are endless!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Blanket Blabber

For a wedding gift, I am crocheting Justin a blanket using our wedding colors (or as close as I could get). It has come a long way, but it's a good thing I still have a little time to finish it. ;) Here is a picture of where I am so far:
The stitch I am using is called basket weaving. I found this stitch here (this blog has great tutorials and may explain better than I can!). I put my own spin on it by using the checker pattern, and by making each square individually. Here is a picture of a finished square:

Begin with a chain. Your chain should be a multiple of 6 plus one chain. (Each of my squares are 36 + 1 = 37)
Row 1:
Double Crochet in the third stitch from hook, and every stitch to the end.
Ch. 2, turn.
Row 2:
Front Post Double Crochet (Yarn over. Insert hook between first and second posts from the front, and bring it back through between the second and third. Yarn over, draw hook back through. Complete double crochet).
Repeat in next two stitches.
Back Post Double Crochet (Yarn over. Insert hook from back to front in next stitch. Complete double crochet). 
Repeat in next two stitches .
Continue your pattern of three from the front, three from the back until the end of the row.
Complete one DC in the extra stitch you made.
Row 3:
Same as row 2
Rows 4 & 5:
Begin these two rows by inserting hook from the back (In rows 2-3 you inserted your hook from the front first. This will create the weaved look)

I will be sure to share when the whole blanket is finished, and perhaps updates along the way. Happy stitching!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pair of Purple Polishes

After a vigorous apartment cleaning, an hour of lesson planning, cooking and cleaning up supper, and (hold your applause) a gym session I am finished. Accompanied by season one of Will & Grace and a cup of hot cider I planted myself on the couch for a well-needed manicure.

I love glitter. Especially on my nails. I started with two coats of Wet N' Wild Wild Shine in "Wild Card"--a nice shiny purple--to have as a base.
"Wild Card" by Wet N' Wild
                                                                                      "Frenzy" by Sinful Colors
The Finished Product!
I applied a pretty heavy coat of "Frenzy" once "Wild Card" had dried. A lot of glitter nail polishes don't have as much glitter or give as much coverage as I would like. "Frenzy" is packed full of tiny green and purple glitter which paired very well with the purple underneath. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. A winning combination of color!!