Archive | September, 2011

I Need to Stay Healthy

30 Sep

First, I thought it was just allergies. You know, the scratchy throat, watery eye and stuffy nose symptoms that sometimes come along with them.

Until yesterday, that is, when I would’ve felt perfectly fine going without lunch, and I felt like I could pass out right at my desk from exhaustion. Loss of appetite and extreme tiredness are always the first two signs I notice when I’m getting sick.

With a wedding one week away, I am doing my best to avoid whatever this thing is. I sacrificed doing my hair for fifteen extra minutes of sleep (eh, it’s Friday anyway), Airborne has become my new best friend (green tea is a very close second), and instead of eating my usual oatmeal combo for breakfast, I loaded up on fruit this morning.

1 serving of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of cherries, 2 chunks of mango, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, and just enough water for everything to blend.

I’m not usually a fan of drinking my breakfast, but in this case, I’ll try anything. Something has been going around at work. At the beginning of this week we got an email from the head of the company asking us not to come to work if we’re not feeling well (then my boss told me that the office is known for spreading germs- great). I’m feeling okay right now, but if I’m still dragging by lunch, I’m going to pack up my stuff and work from home. I’m determined to stay healthy!

And to end this post on a thoughtful note :),

Food for Thought Friday:


This is the new background on my computer at work. Love it.

What is your best cold/flu remedy? Please share!

Favorite quote you’ve read on Pinterest?


Outdoor Run + 5 Things

29 Sep

Last night I had my first outdoor run since signing up for this weekend’s 8K. I was tired, it was sprinkling and my ankles were hurting, but I somehow made it through. I’m getting a little nervous about Saturday’s race because the weatherman just said it’s going to be 40 degrees in the morning. How fun ;). As a reward for last night’s run, Jordan’s brought over Mexican and we watched “Happy Endings” and “Modern Family.” I love Wednesday night TV :).

5 Things

You may have already seen this little survey floating around the blog world, because I first saw it on Chelsey’s blog, then last night, on Julie’s, but I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon too :). I used to love doing these fun little surveys in junior high when they were all the rage in emails. I guess not much has changed :). Here I go:

Last 5 People I Talked to on the Phone:

1. Jordan

2. Hair Salon

3. Jordan

4. My grandma

5. My mom

Last 5 Meals I Ate:

1. Panera cinnamon crunch bagel

2. Tacos + guac from the Mexican restaurant

3. LUNA Bar + Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (my original lunch was a total fail)

4. Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal w/coconut milk and chopped pecans

5. Oatmeal

Last 5 Places I’ve Traveled:

1. Michigan

2. Southern Indiana

3. Michigan

4. Southern Indiana

5. Michigan

Notice a pattern? I have family in Michigan, and I’m in a wedding in southern Indiana :).

Next 5 Places I Will Go (outside of my hometown):

1. Michigan

2. Southern Indiana

3-5. I’m not sure! After these weddings are over I won’t be traveling for awhile, but if I do go somewhere, it will most likely be Michigan, to see family.

5 Things Making Me Happy Right Now:

1. My cinnamon crunch bagel šŸ™‚

2. My cousin’s upcoming wedding- one week from Saturday!

3. Knowing I have a hair appointment this evening for a much needed cut

4. Tomorrow’s Friday!

5. My sister’s coming home this weekend- we’re running the 8K together

Now it’s your turn:

Tell me 5 things that are making you happy right now.

Tell me the last 5 meals you’ve eaten.


Maybe I’m a Little Lame-O

28 Sep

I wish there was one more hour in the day. I would use most of it for blogging, and a little of it for sleeping. There just aren’t enough hours in my day for both. *Sigh* Anyway, I promised you guys a bachelorette party recap, and a recap I shall give you!

Let’s rewind to Saturday. Jordan and I arrived in Michigan just a little before 4:00. This gave me just enough time to catch up with my grandma before getting ready for the party. I wasn’t exactly sure of all the details of the night, but I knew that our first stop was for pizza and drinks. I failed to take any photos of this occasion, but let’s just say we sufficiently filled ourselves with pizza, salad, breadsticks and beer before continuing the night at Lauren’s cousin’s house.

We carpooled over there, where Lauren’s friend was kind enough to make sangria (really good sangria, in fact). We sipped on that until it was time for the bride-t0-be to open presents.

I must admit that prior to the party, I didn’t have a good idea of what people give at bachelorette parties. I decided to go the Victoria Secret gift card route, figuring she could pick out what she likes, but I quickly realized that this made me kind of lame-o. One of her friends gave her a bag full of travel size products for her honeymoon- such a cute idea!Ā  Live and learn, I suppose.

After presents were open, cupcakes were eaten. One of her friends had cupcakes made for the occasion, and they were delicious :). After spending some time at her cousin’s house, it was time for the next stop of the night. In my case…bed.

I bet you’re wondering why I drove all the way to Michigan to leave the party around 10pm, to go back to my grandma’s and go to bed.

Here’s the thing. I made myself feel guilty. Jordan drove the entire way up to Michigan so I could get some rest, and he dropped me off at the party. A few of the girls were going out after the cupcake and present portion of the night, but I wasn’t sure where it would lead or how late it would be. Since I didn’t want to keep Jordan up all night waiting to hear from me, I decided to call it a night early. And like all 83-year-olds 23 year-olds do, I fell asleep as soon as I got back.

If you were expecting to hear any crazy drunken/ stripper stories from me, you should’ve realized you were getting your hopes up ;). Looking back, I realize that Jordan would’ve been fine hanging out with my grandma, and with picking me up at any time of the night. I felt extremely bad the next day for not being there for all of Lauren’s night. I love my cousin, and I want to do anything to support her (or in this case, celebrate her last two weeks of being single!). From what I heard, the girls that did stay went to a few bars, had a few drinks and a good time .

I can’t be hard on myself forever for missing out on an important night in my cousin’s life, but I can appreciate that I was there for most of it. And…I’m excited- the wedding is now less than two weeks away! I’m taking a four day week at work next week to head back up to Michigan…and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already counting down the days. I already love weddings, but this time it’s my cousin getting married!

Okay, I must finish getting ready for work now. It’s already Wednesday! Enjoy your day :).

Tell me about a bachelorette party experience (if you’ve been to one).

Have any of your close family members (brothers, sisters, cousins) have gotten married? Did you find it exciting?

Be Back Later

26 Sep

I will be back with a weekend recap tomorrow, because…

1. It’s Monday (‘nough said).

2. I’m too engrossed in ‘The Sing Off’ at the moment.


3. At soon as the clock hits 10:00 (and ‘The Sing Off’ is over), it’s bedtime for me. Traveling this weekend made me tired..and I need to catch up on my zzzzs!

What’s your favorite Monday night show?

Hitting the Road

24 Sep

Today I am hitting the road. Again.

I’m on my way to Michigan to celebrate my cousin’s bride-to-be status at her bachelorette party. And visit my family too :).

So I can get a little rest after last weekend’s travel and the work week, this one’s coming with me…

He has a bowling and dinner date with my grandma while I go out with the girls tonight. If that’s not enough to make my heart melt, I don’t know what it is :).

We have a five hour drive ahead of us, so I must cut this short and get ready to go.Ā  Have a wonderful weekend!

Have you ever been to a bachelorette party? This will be my first!

What are your weekend plans?



Food for Thought Friday

23 Sep


Don’t be one of those people. Don’t date one either.

Happy Friday, blog friends :).

Does Social Media Make us Anti-Social?

22 Sep

Thank you for all of the nice comments on yesterday’s post! I should probably clarify (maybe more for myself than for anyone else), that this will not be my first race. I’ve ran two 5Ks and one 10K, but I usually just jump into it without training. This year I’ve been running more often, working on my pace and stride, so hopefully I’ll be more prepared. We will’s only a week and half away!


So, it was a little crazy at work yesterday. The receptionist was out sick, and a quick replacement was needed. Guess who gets to play receptionist when the original is out? Why, entry-level employees, of course (and I was one of them).

I took turns with a couple of other girls, so I was only up front (with plenty of windows, hence the people watching) for a little less than two hours. It was a little distracting, nonetheless. One of my tasks was to answer the phone. Seems simple, right? Somehow, it wasn’t.

I was suddenly worried whether I would say the right thing, take the correct message, or direct the call to the right person. I was trying to do my own work at the same time, so that only made it more stressful. When I got back to my regular desk, it stirred up an interesting conversation in the office. Does social media make us anti-social?

Or crazy??…

I sit with a group of writers at work. We’re on our computers all day long, ear buds in, instant messenger service up. Even if we want to talk to the person sitting five feet away from us, we are most likely to do it through Facebook, Twitter, or the office messenger service. We rarely have to have face-to-face conversations, and never have to talk on the phone. This is why, yesterday, when we were asked to sit up front and talk to people in person and on the phone, it felt like a whole different world.

It makes me kind of sad. I’m getting so used to conversing with people through social media, and get tongue tied when I don’t have time to sit and think about what I’m going to say next.

Do you think social media makes you less social?