Monday, September 30, 2013

The Happiest 5k on the Planet

...aside from being out of shape and having to get up before 5 a.m. I did The Color Run yesterday! And yes, I actually ran most of it. Let me tell you about it.

We stayed overnight at Emily's house since she was running too, and it cut down on part of the drive. And we still had to get up before the friggin crack of dawn. Check-in opened at 6 and our handy race guide told us to be there early to avoid lines. How long do you think the line was when we got there? If you said "Zero people", you were right. So we spent all of two point five minutes checking in and were left with plenty of time to stand awkwardly and freeze.
I don't know why it's all stretched and distorted looking.
This is obviously pre-race, since we are still clean and white. And freezing. This is also right before Justin abandoned us and drove off to a warm establishment to drink coffee.

After about 40 minutes of prime people-watching time, they decided it was time for a group warmup. Everyone moseyed(??) their way over to the stage to get their Zumba on. There were 4 instructors on stage and they led the whole massive group in a couple of songs each until we all conga-ed over to the starting area.

There were 7500+ people running/walking so they let us start in waves. Before we started they gave everyone a packet of color to save for the end party. Of course 96.2% of people chose to open theirs and throw it out while they were waiting to start running. I think there were 4 color stations. Each one had about 10 people squeezing a bottle of color powder at everyone, cheering and shouting as we went through.

 At the finish line there was a color-covered man waiting about 10 feet out from the finish line trying to high five everyone who came through, and hoards of friendly people with water bottles to pass out. Just beyond the finish line was the stage and a massive dance party. This is why we were supposed to save the color packets. After scarfing down a complimentary granola bar, I pulled my color packet out of safe keeping a.k.a my bra (really..where were they expecting us to hold these things??) and went to find Emily.

There were people on stage throwing out free fanny packs and Color Run socks while the dance was happening, and every few songs they did a "color throw" and everyone in the audience threw their color in the air. It was...insane. From inside I could see everyone throw their arms in the air and then nothing. It was colorful for a hot second and then it turned into a big mushy cloud. Watching the color throw from the back was beautiful and incredible. I wish I had been able to get a picture of it.
This is clearly post-race. That big cloud in the background is color powder.
Look how white my freaking teeth are!! After Justin picked us up we went to Starbucks sporting our color with pride p.s. Chocolate Chai is the greatest thing. Ever. Then I came home to shower. The color came off much easier than I was expecting. My pants, socks, and bra even came clean right away. I haven't washed my shirt or head band yet; I want keep the color and the memories a little while longer. :-)

Aside from a few spots on my skin that are still tinted and tired legs, I feel great today. It was such a fun experience and I'm so glad to have been able to be a part of it. I would will definitely do it again!

Xo Steph

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It smells like fall in our house. There's a pot of wild rice soup on the stove and there's a delightful Bergamot Woods candle burning on my coffee table. Apparently bergamot oil is found in a citrus fruit called a bergamot orange or something. Whatever. It smells delicious. The air has a nice chill, and thanks to the 100 year old architecture of our home, our living room does too.

I've really been dragging my feet about blogging lately. I've started and restarted this post many times but my life has been so consumed with lesson planning, parent teacher conferences, crocheting. And netflix. Speaking of crocheting, my good friend from school just had a baby and I made her this
I'm pretty proud of this, and I think it's the coolest thing I've ever made.
But anyway, I'm doing the Color Run with Emily this weekend. I've been training by drinking soda and sitting on the couch's gonna be rough great.  If I'm going to make it through 3.1 miles of being blasted with colors while I try not to pass out, I need some loud pump-it-up music in my ears. This is where you come in. I need your music suggestions. 


Xo Steph    

Thursday, September 12, 2013

things i hate myself for doing

This morning I was in the car on the way to work and found myself singing along with the radio. I do this a lot, so that's not the surprising part.

You held me down
But I got up
I'm already brushing off the dust.

Katy. Freaking. Perry. Roar. 99% of the time I change the station the second I hear a Katy Perry song come on. I just can't stand her. I listened to the whole thing. And sang along. And then wanted to punch myself in the face. I hate....hate to admit, but I like this song.

There are a few other things that I hate to admit about myself. Such as:
I peel off nail polish like it's a sport. Why WHY do I do this?! It's so rare that I paint my nails in the first place. Once I do, it takes roughly a day before I start picking at it. The acrylic nails were nice for this because I physically couldn't pick them off. I think that's the real reason I stopped getting them. 
I fall asleep on my iPad 5 out of 7 nights of the week. Usually when I go upstairs to bed, I can't fall asleep right away. After 20 minutes or so of reading tweets I fall asleep and my iPad falls on my face. Or I roll on top of it. Or Justin lays on it, which really ticks him off. Can't stop, won't stop.

I let laundry pile up until it's taller than me. By the time I have the motivation or energy to do a load of laundry, my closet is bare. Once I actually do the laundry, I let the clean laundry pile up until it's time to do laundry again. Ok, I don't always hate myself for this one. Only when I'm wearing the last two socks in my drawer that don't match.

I binge watch tv shows.  Steph and I were just talking about this. I start a show and watch non stop until it's over. Then I'm left a wreck trying to find a new show. Trying to find new shows is like trying to make new friends when you're a grownup.

Any bad habits or guilty pleasures you hate to admit??
Xo Steph

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thanks to Steph...

Not me, Steph. This Steph. I saw her post this today and I wanted to do it too. So thanks, Steph. :)

My happy place...At home. Either on the couch wrapped up in blankets and crocheting, or at the piano. 

Whatever happened to...Predictability?..The milkman, the paper boy, evening t.v..? Sorry. Had to.
So what if...I've been neglecting to workout even though the Color Run is coming up soon. ....this might not go well....
E! needs a reality show about...Nothing. No more reality shows. The ones that already exist are bad enough. Except Honey Boo Boo.
My go-to fast food meal is...either the $5 lunch from DQ (Chicken strips with ranch, please) or the $4 lunch from Subway (6 inch turkey with all veggies except onions and a drink). So, I'm cheap.
You might not know that...when I started my blog I wanted it to be a beauty/fashion blog. Then I realized people who wear yoga pants and no makeup most days are not exactly qualified for such things.
The hottest quarterback in the NFL is...Aaron Rodgers. Ok, no I do not like the Packers. And no, I do not watch football for attractive men. But he really is a good looking man.
If I could...Turn back time...if I could find a way.... This Cher song popped into my head as soon as I read this. But instead of hearing Cher sing it, my mind went to Jack.
My personality is awesome because...because there's no other one just like it! I don't know how to answer this.
Twerking is...stupid. End of story.
I think it's super gross when...people don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
Someone needs to tell Miley Cyrus...nothing. No one needs to tell her anything. Leave her alone and let her work out her crazy. 

How would you answer?? 
Xo Steph

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Raw Chicken and Other Irrational Fears

I've mentioned before that I hate cooking meat. Especially chicken. I love to eat it, but am not a fan of slimy, goopy rawness. The other day on my lunch break I came home to put supper together in the slow cooker; I spent maybe 20 minutes assembling it and the other 40 or so scrubbing every surface of kitchen I came in contact with and washing my hands 900 times. Germs!!! 
On that note, I thought I'd share a list of other ridiculous things that freak me the eff out.

Popsicle sticks. Yep, really. The feeling of the stick on my tongue and teeth...omigod  (I feel like there's a "that's what she said" in there somewhere). I don't like to touch them, and I don't like to taste them.

The sound of eating carrots and other hard crunchy food. My students have baby carrots for snack a lot. I'm all for healthy snacks and chomping on vegetables, but hearing their tiny teeth gnaw off a piece of carrot sets my teeth on edge. 

Public bathrooms. We've already established that I'm a germ-a-phobe. Germ-o-phobe? Never ever will I ever sit my tushy on a public toilet seat. I'll squat my hiney over the seat as a last resort...but I'd rather cross my legs and hold it til I get home, thanks. 

Phone calls from unknown numbers. Maybe this is just from watching too many horror movies or Pretty Little Liars. If I don't recognize a phone number, I don't answer it. Someone is obviously hunting me down. 

Belly buttons. I just think they are weird, ok? 

Now that I've shared some of my crazy with you, tell me what weird things bother you. Let me know I'm not alone in this. 

Xo Steph



Monday, September 9, 2013

Skirtember-The First Week

I love to wear dresses. But I hardly ever do. I always feel like I will be overdressed, and usually settle on jeans. This week was a lot of fun though; I remixed some of my outfits and wore things from my closet I hadn't worn in a long time.

Many thanks to Justin for being my photographer this week!

Tuesday: Tank top//Target, Sweater//Target, Skirt//Target. (Not pictured are leggings from WalMart.
Wednesday: T-shirt//Walmart, Skirt//Target, Scarf//Charlotte Russe.
I did not wear a skirt on Monday as it was the last day of the long weekend and I spent most of it at home. Oops.

The first picture where I'm actually wearing shoes!
Thursday: Dress//Walmart, Sweater//Target, Belt//Target, Leggings//Walmart
Friday: Dress//Target (I tricked you! I'm wearing that green dress as a skirt. Who knew??), Tank//Kohl's
Sunday: Dress//Hand-me-down. I actually don't know where this came from. A friend gave it me a few years ago. Shoes//Walmart, and the star of the show: Red lipstick//Walgreens.

I skipped the skirt on Saturday because we were painting all day. Sunday I only wore the dress to church and swapped it out for my Lions gear as soon as we got home (sorry, Vikes)

This was also a fun work week. I put a lot more effort into my outfits for work than I usually do, and it was refreshing. Also sad. My usual work clothes consist of yoga pants, t-shirts, jeans or shorts. It was nice to step out of the box and do something different. Also the girls in my class think all dresses are "beautiful" so I got a lot of compliments. :-)

Today I am not wearing a skirt, but I am not giving up the week!
Xo Steph

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Social Fall Style

We spent this weekend painting our upstairs bathroom. It was all white and old and not attractive at all. It's not quite done yet, but I think it already looks loads better.
There really isn't a good angle to take a picture in this bathroom. It's oddly shaped and very narrow. At least in this corner you can see both the red and the tan. Today it's time for second coats and touch-ups!

1. What is your favorite fall activity?
I actually really enjoy cooking in the fall, more than any other time of the year. The recipes are so much more fun. Also walking around in the chilly air seeing all of the leaves.

2. Do you follow a football team? If so, which one and why?
I pledge allegiance to the Lions. I am not a football fanatic and do not watch every game that's on, but I do enjoy watching football and being from Michigan (as rough as it might be) the Lions shall be my team. 

3. What is something fun about fall in your area? 
There is a really nice apple orchard and pumpkin patch near us. We went last year and picked some baking pumpkins, shopped and fed the goats. Apparently they have amazing caramel apples, but the line was ridiculous so we skipped that. Maybe next time. :)

4. What are your favorite fall staple outfits?
Long sleeves, jeans, boots, and scarves.

5. What things are his looking forward to most about this coming fall season?  
All of the fall smells. Leaves, crisp air, and of course all of the pumpkin-y goodness.
6. What is your favorite fall holiday? Tradition?
Thanksgiving. I mean, come on. For the last four years we have spent Thanksgiving with Justin's family. Justin and I make all of the pies the day before. The men watch football (except for Justin) and my mother-in-law and I plan for our Black Friday shopping excursion. Now that we're married and have our own place, we spend Friday putting up the Christmas tree and decorating. So much excitement.

Xo Steph

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sleepovers and Skirtember

Justin and I decided not to make any big end-of-summer Labor day plans and just enjoy the extra day off.

Friday night we had dinner with some friends who have a new baby, and oh my goodness, she is adorable! Saturday was a beautiful day to not set an alarm and sleep until I couldn't sleep anymore. We decided on a whim that we wanted to repaint the upstairs bathroom, so we picked out some paint colors and started ripping wallpaper border. Of course we ended up with some drywall that had to be replaced and it is turning into a much bigger project than planned. We still haven't gotten to the painting.
Funny Labor Day Ecard: This Labor Day try not to think about how your next holiday isn't until Thanksgiving.

Sunday we had friends over for a cookout and game night and a beverage dispenser full of Old Fashioned's. Since neither of us had anything to do the next morning they stayed overnight. We cooked up a big breakfast complete with mimosas the next morning and had a euchre marathon which Emily and I dominated.

We also did some shopping and enjoyed our first pumpkin spice lattes of the season. I spent most of Monday afternoon at school rearranging and organizing my classroom. It was an awesome weekend, and thanks to our shopping trip I am prepared to face Kristin's Skirtember challenge!!
My shirt matching the wall color is merely a coincidence. This was the best lighting and background.
 Xo Steph