Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bats, Brews, and Broken Shoes

Everyone talks about how hard it is to write an opening for a blog post. They're right. Anyway, here's what's been going on in my life lately.

Last Thursday night I had gone to bed later than usual. I had been sleeping for about three hours when I woke up to Justin turning lights on and saying "I don't want to scare you..." Okay, hold on. If you're waking someone up at 2:30 in the morning, this is not an acceptable way to do it. "...but I think there's a bat in the hallway". I watched for a second, as he thought through his plan of attack. He opened the door, poked his head out, then dove back into the room closing the door behind him. "Yep. There's a bat".

I was certainly not ready to process this at 2:30 a.m. While Justin frantically looked for something to catch or kill the creature, I sat in bed trying to rationalize the situation. "Where did it come from?" "I don't know." "How did it get in here?!?" "I don't know.." "What are you going to do?" "I don't know!!"

My husband is a warrior. He ran through the hallway and down the stairs to get a box to trap it. I hid in the bathroom. He got it outside, came upstairs, and went back to sleep. I'm sorry, what? There was just a bat in here. I'm not sleeping. I did eventually fall back asleep, but not long before my alarm went off. Joy.

Saturday we went to visit Justin's family at their campground and this happened.  
I've never been a huge fan of camping. Or dirt, or bugs. But this turned out to be one of the greatest nights I've had in a long time. When we got there, they were just getting ready for a deep-fried food party and were frying everything they could find.

And we played Cornhole. If you've never played this game, you are seriously missing out. Ok, all it is, is bean bag toss onto a board with a hole in it. But apparently it's a huge deal here. There was a tournament and lots of rules. I lost (along with every other game I played), but it was the best Cornhole game of my life.

The highlight, my friends, was that there was a DJ at the clubhouse. We all carted our drinks down there and danced the night away (except for Justin). My dancin' shoes must have gotten quite a workout, because now they are in flip-flop heaven.

There you have my weekend recap. On Tuesday night. I hope you had a fun filled weekend too!
xo Steph

Monday, August 19, 2013

Locked Out

Monday night is Zumba night.

When I got home from work I got ready in record time. I bopped out the door humming the theme song to The Office (this is my new Netflix obsession and I have been watching it in every second of spare time) and locking the door from the inside.

Locking. The door. From the inside. 
 My purse, water bottle, and weights were in my hand. My keys were not. My car was locked, and I had no way to drive it anyway. After frantically checking all of the doors, I called Justin. My husband never answers his phone. So I called him again. And again. And a few more times.

Here are some things you can do when you're locked outside in your workout clothes: 
  • Jumping jacks
  • Laps around the house
  • Crunches
  • Anything you can remember from a Zumba routine
Here's what I did: sit at the patio table and talk to a friend on the phone until Justin got home. You know what I did on the way inside the house? I took a sip from my water bottle, whose lid was not on tightly, and spilled it all over me. Then walking up the steps I dropped my phone, scuffing the sides and sending the battery bouncing down the steps.

Now I'm eating ice cream covered with peanut butter melted in the microwave--if you try to tell me that's not delicious, I will fight you--and watching Jim and Pam get engaged.

Sooooo it's been a great start to the week. I hope your Monday is stellar.
Xo Steph

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Weekend of Birthdays and Sunday Social

This weekend was one of the busiest we've had in a while. Friday night we had a birthday bonfire at our house for some friends.

Saturday afternoon I accidentally had a shopping spree at Target and bought a few new articles of clothing. Oops. I only went for a birthday card. Justin's cousin has the cutest baby and we went to celebrate his first birthday!

Today was our church picnic and I was in charge of the kids' games so I was there all day and have a nice hot sunburn to show for it. We both spent tonight doing school work and eating the dinner of champions.
Papa John's pizza, cheesey bread, with ranch dressing. Even busted out the fine china.

 I figured Sunday Social was a good way to finish out the weekend even though I'm a little late to the linkup.

Sunday Social
1. What is something you've always wanted to do but are afraid of?
I've always wanted to skydive. If ever given the opportunity though, I'm sure I would chicken out. I'm afraid I would throw up or pass out or something.

2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I really don't like these kinds of questions. Mostly because I don't know how to answer them. Likely still teaching. God-willing we will have had at least one kid by then. 

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2013?
Running the Color Run, and seeing my family at Christmas!

4. What are your hopes for your blog?
Of course I hope for my blog to grow. I hope to improve my writing and make some new blog friends. 

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current town/city?
No. I like where we live just fine and I know we will be here for a while. But I think if the right call comes along in the future, we will take it. 

6. What is your morning routine?
Hit the snooze button as many times as possible.
Shower/get dressed.
Breakfast/read blogs.
Brush teeth, and out the door. 

Xo Steph

Monday, August 12, 2013

Zumba-piphany and My Beef With Netflix

Tonight I had what was undoubtedly the best workout of my life. It was a zumba-piphany. As inadequate as my hip rolling skills might be, Zumba is one of my favorite workouts. Music just gets me pumped. I can't get in to workout dvd's or classes where I can't hear anything but the leader telling me what to do. When I run by myself I need to have my earbuds in my ears and the music up loud. The woman who leads our Zumba class talks as little as possible during it and cranks the music up.

 I'm kind of in love with this jam, thanks to Zumba. 
I don't know what it was about tonight, but I jumped higher, lunged deeper, and punched harder. Even after a rigorous hour of shakin' it, I have so much energy. Enough to write a blog post and catch up on my bloglovin' feed! Now I'm parked on the couch watching NCIS with Justin. Which brings me to my next point. 

At first I thought getting rid of cable was going to be very difficult. But then we got Netflix, and I was obsessed. No commercials, no getting up to switch dvds, instant queue...it was love at first show. 
Funny Photos of I don't always watch Netflix, but when I do
 I watched Revenge in a weekend. I was so excited to finally catch up on Grey's, and am chugging right along re-watching The Office. And then they end. I realize this is no fault of Netflix, but why do I have to wait so long between seasons?? By the time season two of Revenge is available I'll have to watch season one all over again to remember what happened. 

You guys. Justin and I just made a deal. He really likes to drink scotch and it's not cheap, so I give him crap about buying it. He said "How about this? Whatever I spend on a bottle of scotch, you can spend at Sephora" Ummmmm....deal.  

That's all, folks. I'm going to load up my shopping cart. 
Xo Steph

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fuzzy Face

 I am not a "fur mommy" and I am not going to flood you with pictures (mostly because this is the only one I could get of him being still and not blurry) of my pet, but just look at this boy! 
His name is Jethro. On Sunday we went to the humane society just to get some more information and after visiting "Kitty City", we ended up applying to adopt this guy. They told us it would take 3-5 days to process it and they would let us know. It didn't even take 3 hours before they called us back 

We were able to pick him up today and aside from hating the car, he's been pretty great. That's my big excitement for today...that, and a new hand soap in the bathroom that smells delicious. 
Xo Steph

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Social 8-4

  It's already time for Sunday Social. Why do weekends go by so quickly? Today we're going to the Humane Society to turn in an adoption application and look at pets. Hopefully in the next few days/weeks we'll have a new pet! Anyway, on to the questions!
Sunday Social

 1. What are 3 items you can't live without on a daily basis (water, food, shelter, and clothes don't count)?
I'm a little ashamed to admit that my computer and phone are in the top two. The third item would be toothpaste. I cannot (nor do I think anyone should) go a day without brushing my teeth.

2. What is your all time favorite book? Why?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It's just a really good book. We read it in 7th grade and I reread it for an adolescent literature class I took in college (and several times in between).

3. What is something you'd like to accomplish before the end of 2013?
I would really really like to get back to my wedding weight. I'm signing up to do a Color Run soon so hopefully that will light a fire under me!
4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be?
I guess it depends. If I'm reliving it to change things, it would be freshman or sophomore year of college. I wasn't very outgoing and I didn't really branch out or try to meet new people. If I'm reliving it because it was awesome, it would be senior year of college. Lots of great things happened that year. :) 
5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
That I'm really shy....that I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just really not good at talking to people. 

Xo Steph