Archives for June 2013

Things of Late (via my Instagram Feed)

Instagram makes everything look better. It just does. 
Somebody made damn-near perfect Banana Bread.  #itwasme

Mid-afternoon power nap buddy, Emmy. 
I love how she always holds on to me with her paw. 
Catching lightning bugs with Churchill and Tango during our walk at dusk. 
Canada = Bear + Elk on the side of the road. 
nbd.
One of my hardest working clients, Nikki 
who’s strutting her ish in pin-stripe pants she hasn’t worn in a while. 
#rawr
Kickass lamp hanging at the end of a driveway in the ‘hood. 
BFFs
The best rasberry this summer.

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Book Buzz: GoodReads.com

So Sara told me about goodreads.com ages ago. And I’ve just now joined but I can’t tell you how exciting it is! You go on, rate what you’ve read, tell what you’re currently reading and see what all your fellow reading-obsessed buds are reading. 
Whenever I get asked for book recommendations I usually can only remember the last book I read… maybe the last two, if it’s a good day. And when I ask for good books to read, people give me 87 suggestions and I often forget most of them. I’m so excited to have a place to check things out so I can put books on my amazon wish list. And it’s great that you can see what your friends like and don’t like, which will help me make decisions (i.e. I’ll steer clear of my friends whose lists are nothing but super depressing books). 
I was catching up on blogs tonight when Sara mentioned GoodReads again on her latest post, so I decided to check it out. I’ve now spent the last hour rating ones I’ve read and checking out all the books on her lists. I’ve also not gotten in the shower to go meet my buds out… and it looks like that’s not going to happen any time soon now that I’ve gotten excited over so many books. Damn it. I’m only 28 years old, but sometimes it feels like I’m 60-something. Oh well. I know Ashley feels me on that one. 
And a big happy 30th birthday to Bonna! 
We got to have her surprise party last night, which was really fun. 
Bonna, Amanda, Me, Chrissie
Ironically, we were joking last night about how old they all are (since I’m still a year away from 30).
As Bonna had to work early and wasn’t going to stay out too late. 
And Amanda was going to be doing yard-work all day and going to a bunco party tonight. 
I laughed at them. 
And now I’m blogging and reading on Saturday night because it’s entirely too much effort
to shower, get dressed, and meet them out for some music at a local bar. 
Who’s feelin’ old now? : ) 
Anyway… be my friend on GoodReads?! 
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Pet Peeves… and some foul language.

This post could also be titled, “Things That Are Not My Jam”

So I’m a little feisty this week… 

I don’t have a ton of pet peeves, but here are the ones I do have: 

People that are CONSTANTLY late.
I mean, I hit traffic every now and then too, or something comes up once in a while, but I’m only late about %5 of the time. When people are constantly late I just see it as disrespectful. It’s basically saying you don’t give a shit that everybody else’s waiting for you. You’re an adult! Start getting ready 15 minutes earlier, or stop trying to pack in so much stuff before you leave. Figure it out.

Catty girls. 
You know the ones: “Girls just don’t like me so all my friends are guys.” RED FLAG. These are the girls that will ALWAYS have drama with other girls. They claim ALL other girls are out to get them. They are ALWAYS the victim, etc. Riiiiiight. I have guy friends too, but my girlfriends are my life lines; the ones that I’ve known my whole life and the ones I meet now socially or in my industry. There’s something to learn from most women you meet. Except the catty ones…

Thanks for the awesome photo, Kelly K!

Unwarranted Religious Visits. 
I’m all for people practicing whichever religion they have faith in. That’s great! That’s beautiful! Rock it out! But just because I don’t believe in your God doesn’t mean you can come to my house and try to convert me and tell me I’m inferior and “need guidance.” I have my own beliefs, thank you very much and am a pretty decent human being. I don’t go door to door telling people not to believe in God. Please hop down off your high horse, get over yourself and leave me be. *Shout out to all my believer friends who are awesome and don’t do this ish.

Inefficiency. 
Most tasks can be done easier or faster, without sacrificing quality. It’s a rare day when I have to check a suitcase when traveling… carry-on all the way! 10 Grocery bags on each arm to make one trip from the car? You betcha (as long as you’re not going to drop any – another trip to the grocery is not efficient either). Making an appt, to stand in line, to grab a number?!  **side eye California DMV**. Why waste time when you don’t have to? The less time you waste, the more time you have for fun times with people you care about. Did anybody ever read the book, Cheaper By The Dozen? I’m like the dad…

What are your pet peeves? 
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This Workout Playlist Makes Me Wanna Strut My Ish

I swear… if I had a runway right here, right now, I’d strut all over it. That’s what this playlist makes me feel like. Whenever I make a new one, I listen to it and workout to it myself first. I want to make sure it pumps ME up before I play it in class… well I was walking the dogs as a warm-up yesterday before I started my run and was totally strutting and “kick ball-changing” my way through the ‘hood. It was supes fun. 

Here it is. Get after it!  
As always, playlists are an hour long
and include slower cool-down/stretch music at the end.
These two cool-down songs are GREAT! 
Yay for new Sara Barellis and 
you just can’t go wrong with Xavier Rudd. 





*and I’m a little ashamed to have 3 Ke$ha songs on here,
but damn that album of hers is catchy! 
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Friday’s Letters… on Sunday.

Dear Blog Readers, I’m not dead… just had a non-blogging week. I’m back!

Dear Personal Training Clients, I’m glad most of you coordinated your vacay schedules with each other to all be out of town during the SAME week! I had a wonderfully mellow week just teaching a couple classes a day. I did miss you dearly, but was really pumped to lay out at the pool in the middle of the day Thursday with some buds. High five!

Dear Gigantor Turtle Float, you make pool days WAY more fun.

Dear Garage Bar, you are the BEST hangout spot in Louisville during the summer months. Seriously.

Dear Summer, I’m glad you made it around and that you’re here to stay for a while. It was awesome to be out on the river on the boat yesterday.

Dear T-beg, I’m stoked for you that you’re getting to cruise out of town for the whole summer to get your MFA on. Me, Tang, Churchill, Emmy, Cash, and Willie will hold down the fort here. And don’t worry, I’ll clean. : )

Dear Bonna, HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY! Woot! And this photo from college will always be the best photo of the 3 of us… #BFFs

Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day from all of us!

 Link up with Friday’s Letters creator Ashley here.

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Friday’s Letters

Friday’s Letters theme by Ashley and another Ashley

Dear Bootcampers, yay for making it through the first week of this new camp. Especially you newbies… you came back even though you were so sore you thought you’d never sit without pain again. High five!

Dear Tango’s Fur… it would be AWESOME if you would either stay on Tango, or just fall off when he’s outside. The white fur all over black interior of my car is NOT my jam. That ish does not vacuum out for anything.

Dear $3 Car Wash on Dixie Hwy, thank you for having complimentary vacuums and for having a completely inattentive staff that doesn’t monitor the 10-minute limit rule. Tango fur takes at least an hour…

Dear Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and TI. Thank you for the best jam ever. I’m STILL rockin’ you on repeat.  #blurredlines

Dear Salt at the O’hare Breakfast Place, I have no earthly idea how you got into my eye, but you stung like the dickens for a good 5 minutes. I’m super excited to look like I’m crying while eating breakfast at the airport. Not.

Dear 4am. You can eat a d***. Nobody should ever have to wake up during your hour. Unless it’s for something really good.

Dear United Airlines, thank you for opening up some flights last minute so I could use my miles and see my man-friend this weekend… even if I had to wake up at 4am today…

Happy Friday, e’erybody! 
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“It’s Not About The Nail”

This video is right up there with the “Shit Girls Say” video. It’s hilarious and also completely true. I’m going to give credit to my man-friend for sending this to me… because he’s prefaced conversations before with “Now do you want me to help you with this… or just listen?” Good call, man-friend. Good call. Saves the hassle for everybody involved. ; )

I know I’m guilty of this as well. 
(though not to this degree…)
Which is what makes it so funny… 
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"It’s Not About The Nail"

This video is right up there with the “Shit Girls Say” video. It’s hilarious and also completely true. I’m going to give credit to my man-friend for sending this to me… because he’s prefaced conversations before with “Now do you want me to help you with this… or just listen?” Good call, man-friend. Good call. Saves the hassle for everybody involved. ; )

I know I’m guilty of this as well. 
(though not to this degree…)
Which is what makes it so funny… 
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Things That Are My Jam

Happy Tuesday, e’erybody! It was sooo nice to have a few days off in San Diego last week. I was able to sleep in, see some SD friends of mine and their new baby (miss you, Kelly’s!!), and get to spend some glorious time in the sun with my man-friend. The following things were my jam in San Diego:

This Boat View
and the relaxation that happened there

This Apricot Jam
#jamthatwasmyjam

These Colors 
from our walk around Del Mar

And these ones too
I was going to include photos of my insanely delicious
Fish Tacos from En Fuego, but they disappeared too soon for photos.
moving on…

This Sunset
as well as the ones the days before and after

This Sangria

And these FRIENDS! 
Thanks for a fabulous stay, as usual, Ted and Ann. 
It was awesome to see you and
we miss you already! 
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