Apr 15, 2014

Let Me Paint You a Picture

Several weeks ago, I bought a Groupon for one of those paint party type things. Basically a bunch of people that can't paint get instructions from someone who can paint, and they surprise themselves with an actual decent looking canvas at the end of the night. Oh, and bonus, it's at a local bar so you can have a drink or two and some totally unhealthy bar food. 

Last week the day came for the paint night, and the friend that was supposed to go with me had to cancel last minute. If she was on social media, I would totally give her a hard time but she's not so there's no use trying to guilt her here. I kind of shrugged it off and went anyways. Then I remembered I'm not a loner! I hate doing stuff alone especially something like that. The only positive is the increased people watching time (while pretending to be texting someone and looking for them to come in the door any minute). And let me say, there are some interesting people at a bar on a Thursday night--nice man that commented on my pants as I walked in and then proceeded to tell me that he wasn't even gay. He had a strange emphasis on "even". Or the awesome Samuel L Jackson that gave me the "come here" head nod when I headed to the bathroom. That cool cat was dancing (more like doing the swagger bounce) in a bar that didn't really have dancing. 

But back to the actual painting part. I have to say it was really fun. I love anything crafty but I have creative ADD. I like to start projects then get side tracked and start another project before the next is done. If you follow on IG (@janessa1020) you already saw I started two new projects this weekend--attempting to have a green thumb and painting another room. At least with the painting, we had a timeline and did everything in stages. You couldn't really get distracted or off course. 
This was the background and texture part of the painting. Super easy brush strokes and it was this point when I started thinking mine sucked. It is hard to look at a painting in stages for me and see it turning out how it was supposed to. 
And here's my finished project! It's Starry Night meets Memphis skyline, Starry, Starry Memphis. 

I had fun and came away with a painting I did myself that I don't hate, so I call that a win. If you are in the Memphis area, I would definitely recommend Paint Nite. One tip though: Get there extra early to get your preferred seat and to eat a little food before the painting starts. If it's a busy night, the tables may be packed so there's not a lot of room for snacking. 


Apr 9, 2014

Things I Learned This Week

+I am not ready to run a half, but on April 26th I am going to make it to the finish line one way or another. 

+I have some fast friends, and I love meeting new running friends at races. 
Congrats to Meredith and Debi for placing 2nd and 1st in their age groups!

+Whenever I plan to spend lots of money on myself, I never find anything. I was so excited about Spring Market this weekend (basically a big show with lots of boutique type booths all in one place) and I ended up getting a scarf, two necklaces, and a pair of earrings. I was expecting to rack up, so I was a tad bummed. 

+It's time to stop leaving the house without a list. Either a "to do" list or "to buy" list is necessary from now on. I had a hundred and one things I needed to get done Saturday and I think I only accomplished like 5 of those things. Maybe I also need to stop thinking I can do a hundred and one things on Saturday. 

+Back to running. I have heard over and over that so much of it is mental. This weekend I finally understood and felt that. My legs were fine. My legs could keep going and could probably go faster than I was even making them go. It's all in my head though. I think once I run the half, my next goal is going to be to run a "fast" 5k. 

+I have an awesome husband. Ok, maybe I already knew that. But after the race I was really mad at myself for not reaching a goal I wanted to this time around and he promised* me that he would start running with me in the neighborhood so I can reach my goal. (*and by promise I mean he put it in a text so that's pretty much like a contract)

+Sometimes Marshall's laughs in the face of Pinterest. And I get something on clearance easier than making it!


+Blowing up your work computer is not as fun as it sounds. And actually requires more work in the long run. Good times. 

+I should have been keeping track of my race times from the very beginning of my running. From now on, I'm keeping track starting with my races for 2014. I'm hoping to PR a lot this year!

So what have you learned this week so far? 

Mar 19, 2014

Catch up and a little 911

Let's do a quick catch up, shall we...
+Basketball season came to a close recently. We ended up only losing one game the whole season, but I think technically we were undefeated. (The other team was kicked out of the league for not paying their fee to participate.) Either way, I'm super proud of those girls. They played really well together and improved their skills from last year to this year. 
+Indoor softball came to an abrupt end a week early. I'm a little annoyed with some things there but it is what it is. This means, we have a small window from now until about May when we won't have any games to attend (except rooting for the teammates that are playing in middle school). What will we do with our time?! Did someone say home renovations?!

+I have some before and after pictures from my Advocare 24 day challenge and the month following. I am so glad I took before pictures and did my measurements. It really is helpful to have that visual instead of just trying to remember if the pants you have on used to be your tight pants or if that's the other black slacks that look the exact same. Ya know. 
The change that stood out to me in pictures was my back. I am wearing the same clothes, same pose, just a difference of about 60 days. 

+Don't you love those Fridays when you are just going home and being boring and then you randomly get 3 awesome tickets to see the country king of shaking it for you in tight jeans Luke Bryan?! And Lee Brice who is super amazing also. If you don't listen to country music just skip ahead. I tried to get tickets the very day they went on sale for this and poof they were gone in seconds. I was so irritated by it all I was trying to avoid all social media on the day of the concert (real mature). Then I get a text from Lora saying tickets were being unloaded on stub hub for around $20! Sold! About 30 minutes after buying those, we were given even better tickets. I should have bought a lottery ticket that day, right? It was an awesome concert as usual!

+After reading Holly's 911 story yesterday, I had to share my embarrassing 911 story. Tell me we all have one, right? No one? Ok. So today's she's sharing my story on her blog. I did forget to tell her one thing. The tiny town cop said that was the first day he ever had to pull his gun while on duty. 

+Today I looked at my clock/date wrong at 7:26. I thought today was the 26th and nearly had a panic attack because my half marathon is in one month. I was so relieved when I realized it wasn't the 26th yet. But then I freaked out again because that's next week!

That's all for today. Anyone else want to share an embarrassing story? Anyone going to see my Luke this concert season? 

Feb 28, 2014

Finish the Sentence

Leave it to Holly and Jake to get me out of my blogging rut today. Just a quick post to participate in the Finish the Sentence link up. I'll be back next week and hopefully posting a little more often.

1. I always pick vanilla over chocolate. Yea, it's weird. I know. But if there's caramel involved, that trumps everything. 
2. Look at the size of those arms! Is what you are going to be saying to me soon. For the first time ever I have finally figured out a plan that works for my puny little arms and I'm getting some definition before tank top weather gets here. 
3. I recently learned the meaning of some new words....from my daughter's vocabulary list. Yes, it is sad but their vocab list is hard sometimes!
4. Only when no one is looking (or in the car with me) will I sing. My daughter is probably the only person that has heard my real singing voice since I was about 12. 
5. I lost my mind in the Gap Factory store last weekend and got some new workout clothes mostly because they have chevron on them. I'm pretty sure the top I got is going to make me self conscious but I felt peer pressure. Ok, maybe it was child pressure from my chevron loving tween. Either way, even at the outlet I spent more than I spent on my favorite Adidas and Nike Pro compression outfit. No bueno. 
6. I was certain I'd be an Olympic figure skater when I grew up. I even took figure skating classes at the only rink we had in the area. But it was connected to a mall that got the nickname "Mall of Murder" so obviously that crushed my dream. 
7. There is not enough liquor in the world for me to go barefoot in a public area. Britney barefoot in the gas station bathroom? Oh heck no! My heels hurt my feet? Too bad! 
8. I just finished my afternoon snack that I'm not supposed to have for another 30 minutes...nom nom nom!
9. Why does everyone have to be off on Friday except me! 
10. It's very rare when I don't have my planner with me. I think that's only happened twice as long as I can remember. 
11. If I were a dog I would live with my husband. He's the biggest sucker when it comes to our dog! 
12. I don't believe I actually signed up to run a half marathon....what the hell was I thinking?!?

Ok that was fun and got me back in blogging mode. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend! I hear we are getting some 65 degree weather tomorrow and ice on Sunday. I'm so ready to be miserably hot!

Feb 14, 2014

Love Day

I missed Wedding Wednesday this week but I still wanted to share what I planned on posting. Plus, it's Valentine's Day and what better to share than my Valentine. Aww, right?


He got his time in front of the columns and the brick wall. And there are really good pictures of him and each of his groomsmen. I love those! I would like to find a fun way to display each of those along with each of mine, but I don't want to go too overboard. Any ideas are totally welcome!  
I love the jackets thrown over their shoulders. These men think they are something else, huh?

So funny story about showing off my husband on the blog....I started a blog several years ago. A few friends were starting them and I basically just used it as a photo only facebook with captions. Mostly shared pictures of B. Then I decided I wanted to keep up with more info since I forget lots of details about things sometimes. So I started writing more and more. Well, I never really mentioned it to him. We never really talked about it. Then the other day, we were talking about something cute I found on pinterest and Brooklyn said "where did you see that, on your blogggggg?" Totally busted me out. And the hubs first question, "Am I on there?" haha. Well, if he ever comes across this space on the internet, yes, hunny, you are on here. 

And just to go on and brag about him a little more. He is not really a flowers guy*. Not for holidays. He would rather something like that be a surprise. So this year, he got me tickets to an event and went on a wild goose chase to find a certain cookbook that I had been eyeing with B. A cookbook is another love language for me. She gave him some random name of this cookbook that didn't even exist. But he did good anyways and got me probably a better one than I originally had liked. So I appreciate the wild goose chase and all the other things he does for me just on a daily basis. I really got lucky finding him. 

And my original Valentine before my husband...
*About 2 minutes after hitting "publish" I got a beautiful bouquet of roses, lillies, and other flowers in our wedding colors delivered to work. Brownie points, major brownie points!

Feb 11, 2014

The Weekend that Was

This weekend was fun in one of those, hang on let me grab the camera, ah forget about it, kinda ways. Nawmean? They predicted snow and an icepocalypse earlier in the week. It didn't really come through 100%, thank goodness. Then when we weren't really expecting it, we got snow Saturday morning. Actually fluffy, have a snowball fight snow. And that is exactly what we did. But it's the south so obviously, it all melted by like noon. 

That is a southern snow man. And I swear the ground was completely covered that morning. This is a little ways into the melting process. 

That evening we went to watch the Memphis game at Lora's house. I did so good and didn't even ask to hold sweet baby Harper. It took a lot of self control. Then I get home, look on IG and I see our other friend with a pic holding him. Dangit! I should have just picked him up when she went to warm a bottle. 
Sunday was our usual indoor softball day. We had a bit of a cheat meal and went out to a burger place with the others afterwards. Awesome burger place...and I ordered the turkey sandwich. But it had mayo on it. Something I haven't had in a long time. I also snagged a few of Jeremy's fries and a few bites of Brooklyn's dessert. It was delicious!

Sounds like a boring weekend but something about staying up late Saturday and not being able to be a bum all day Sunday had me feeling extra tired. I went to bed with serious plans of trying the new class at the gym at 6am. My alarm went off and I totally talked myself out of it. No way I'd have time to go to class from 6-6:45, get home, get a shower, dry my hair and get out of the house in time to get B to school and us to work. Maybe next week when B is off for President's Day. Maybe. 

Enough weekend for one post. Come back tomorrow for another Wedding Wednesday and I think Thursday I'm going to share some awkward gym moments from the week. Good times!

Feb 5, 2014

Wedding Wednesday

Week #2 for Wedding Wednesday around here. Last week, I showed you the pre-dress pictures at the salon. This week I'm sharing the favorites from my pre "first look" pictures. These are the pictures with my girls!

Making our way up the square, there is a brick wall with an old Turner Dairy faded painted logo. We stopped for pictures right there and even stopped traffic for a little while, hah! 

See the faded old paint? I like the old look. I love this picture because we started fake talking/laughing and ended up just laughing at each other. 
I really like this one without holding the flowers. It's like an organized group hug! Kinda. 
Since I didn't do official "bridal portraits", I was really happy with how this one turned out. I think my mom was glad there were some like this. And that is the county court house in the background. It is in the center of the square, right up from my salon and right before the building we got married in. 
 And another favorite of me and my girls. I love that it seems casual like we all just sat down together. And everyone's smiles are so perfect here. 
 And this is my mischievous face. I kind of like it. And this is on the porch of the court house. Love those pillars. 

One of my favorites with my niece and flower girl. Her sweet little dress was made by my mom. She tied it to the bridesmaids' dresses with the purple strap and flowers on the front. 

And this is just about the cutest picture ever!

Wow, is anyone still reading?! It's hard to narrow down wedding pictures and just share a little bit of them at a time. Next week, I will share the GQ pictures of my groom and groomsmen. 


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