Dec 20, 2012

Holiday Q&A


Happy Friday (for me) everyone!! Today I am being lazy. Not enough time to put together one of these posts I have waiting in my drafts but still need a little work. But I did want to join in on the Holiday link up. Hope everyone else is more ready for this weekend and next week than I am! 

What's your favorite holiday movie? Christmas Vacation. Hands down! We watch it every day after Thanksgiving! 
Do you have any special traditions?  Well I spilled one on the question above. We watch Christmas vacation and drink sparkling grape juice from what B calls "fancy glasses" on the day after Thanksgiving while we decorate the tree. We also open one gift each on Christmas Eve....surprise, they are always Christmas PJs, usually matchy matchy so I can take cute Christmas morning pictures. We also make it a point to go to Starry Nights and Christmas City each, just realized I need to add those two things to my to do list!
What's your favorite ornament or decoration? That's tough. I love snowmen. Absolutely love them. I have some cute snowmen ornaments and decorations and I love my snowflake lights. I guess my favorite ornament is my very own baby's first Christmas ornament. It's a rattle and inside it is a little mini nursery. I guess it's my favorite because I've seen it every single Christmas I've been alive. I'm actually sort of surprised my mom let me take it. 
Best gift you've ever received? This is tough. My parents do an awesome job shopping for us for Christmas and I'm sure my best gift would be from them. I just can't think of anything in particular. They always had a way of getting me everything on my list plus several great surprises I hadn't even thought of. 
Worst gift you've ever received? Hmm. I don't know if I've ever received a "bad" gift. I've received several generic gifts that were kind of boring. What about no gift at all? Does that count? 
Favorite winter accessory? Scarves! Although I wear those all year round just different styles. 
Real tree or fake? Fake all the way. I cannot stand Christmas tree smell and I don't want to sweep/vaccuum 20 times a day. 
When and how did you find out that Santa was not real? What are you talking about?? seriously? That makes no sense. Santa is SO real. 
Merry Christmas from Glitzy the Christmas pig!

Dec 17, 2012

Late Partying

Good morning, party people! Did anyone else notice that half of the work force is off this week? I didn't have to slow down on the interstate this morning, and that never ever happens. Or maybe they weren't successfully dragged/drug kicking and screaming to work this morning like I was. Party foul. 

Why am I tired? Because this happened...
And any time we get together, it means it's a late night!

Saturday I started out the day in the stands cheering for my baby and the Rebels basketball team. We won again!! 26-11 this time. From there B rode with my dad to visit my sister who is in college about an hour north of where they currently live. Then she spent the night. 

My rush began at this point. My schedule was run home, dress up, run to Target for a present, bridal shower at 2, get downtown by 4, get back to Atoka (about an hour from downtown) by 6...yep, I may have scheduled a little too much for myself Saturday. I ended up getting to the shower LATE (surprised? nope, me either). Since that was late, the rest of my day ran late as usual so I had to cut something out. I missed the Memphis blogger meet up and that totally makes me a loser. I was really looking forward to it, but I didn't want to get to dinner as late as I would have been and then have to leave at a strict time to make it to my BFF's Christmas party. 

So I rushed my little late self from the shower, to Target again for a Christmas bag, fought the holiday traffic, witnessed a 6 car rearender pile up, and headed back to TCounty. About 6:45 I am hauling it into the neighborhood and I round the corner to see only my BFF and her hubs' vehicles....
I ended up being the first guest to arrive. That happened about two months ago too, so maybe I'm starting a new trend. Or my friends are just going to continue to lie to me about times. Whatever. 

From there we had an amazing time laughing our rears off at each other and teaching my friend Natalie how to hashtag. I swear, I wish I had a recording of some of the conversations we had....or maybe not! I ended up coming away with a nice huge mason jar thingy with spout like this...
And my friend Mandi took home the gift I brought....Magic Mike! And yes, that is Mr Tatum himself in the background of our group picture you see above. Amy hadn't see the movie yet, so we popped that bad boy in!
It was such a fun night with friends! I am so glad that we keep this annual Christmas party tradition going. This started with a girl Christmas party each year where we would dress up, play games, be crazy, and usually head out to someplace where we could dance afterwards. This group of friends got me through SO many ups and downs in the last 10 years and I love them dearly! 

Dec 14, 2012

It's the freakin Weekend

Whew, what a week! Normally I am just waiting on Friday to show up around these parts but this week it truly was like a surprise when I woke up this morning and could reach for a pair of jeans. 

This week I have been doing all kinds of house things. In case you didn't know, I take about 2.5 years (no joke) to pick out and buy a car. Seriously. And then I take a week to buy a house....well, to make an offer. That's just how I roll. Back in October, I made an offer and waited patiently...and then no so patiently. See apparently when you are buying a short sale it takes freaking forever! Friday I got word that my forever long short sale was a go! Then I hit the ground running. Inspections, Appraisals, Picking out new stuff for the house...I mean, um...taking paperwork to my mortgage guy, etc. Mix that in with my work computer crashing from too much blogging for two and half days (a guy got my computer on Wednesday and failed to mention he would be on vacation the rest of the week, wth), it just makes for a hectic week!
My BFF thought to take this picture when we were going for our second look at the house. I promise I brush my daughter's hair. I can't wait to get a nice "Sold" sticker for that bad boy soon (hopefully Dec 28th). Then prepare yourself for plenty of before and after pictures for the rest of the year. We have a lot of cosmetic work including painting every freaking room in that house and putting in new hardwood floors!! I'm super excited. My wallet is still crying since I broke the news though. 

Have a lovely weekend! And in case you missed my instagram (@janessa1020) announcement....I will pay any movers in pizza and beer or margaritas and cheese dip. Your choice, see you soon!

Dec 10, 2012

When Mondays don't suck

I found the secret for making Mondays about 20 times better. I'm so nice I'm going to share the secret with you....use those saved up vacation days! Bam! Just blew your mind right? And since I've been a blog slacker lately, you get updated on more than just my weekend....sit back and hang around a while.

Thanks to some later hours last week, Friday I got to cut out of work a little early. I love leaving work early on Fridays. It just doesn't seem right to be in the office until 5. I picked up my Ugly Sweater Run swag and shopped around in Sports Authority for a while. Gah, why is exercise gear so expensive?! I am just going to get all funky sweaty in it, but dang if they don't have some super cute stuff in there. 
After a little shopping at my home away from home Target, I got a call from Oprah my real estate agent to say "You got a home for Christmas." We got our final yes from the sellers' banks around 4:45 Friday afternoon. Now I'm not totally jumping up and down because I'm a worrier. I've gotta set up the home inspection for as soon as possible. Once the inspector tells me that the foundation is stable, the wiring and plumbing aren't missing, and the spot on the carpet is just a spot and not a hole to China under the flooring AND we get an idea on the actual close date....THEN i will start doing my happy happy dance! 

We may or may not have driven to the house Friday night and pretended we were parking in our new garage...B may or may not have seriously cried when we told her....and I may or may not have reorganized my pinterest albums this weekend to separate legitimate house ideas from "i'm never going to be able to do that" house ideas. 
Other than constant new house talk and ideas, we had a few other things to check off our weekend list. The big one was B's first basketball game. Ever. she is a 24/7 softball girl so this basketball thing was super new for her. 
Yes I took a picture of her waiting to go in for the first time. She didn't look too bad for a newbie. We were a little worried by the size of the kids on the other team and may have requested birth certificates. But our girls handled it.
My baby scored 4 points and got her first foul! The lady Rebels won with a final score of 28-4. Because..."that's how we do" 
This weekend was a bust when it came to finishing up the tree though. I just didn't take the time to go somewhere good like HobLobs or Michaels for tree topping sparkly goodness though. So until then....we improvised...
We're a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll around here. It's kind of growing on me though. 

Ok time for me to get productive and watch some trash tv and set up an inspection, talk to my mortgage guy, go get boxes, hit the wine box, hit the gym, and all that good stuff. Feel free to stop what you're doing and come help!

Dec 6, 2012

Crockpot Meal

The crockpot has really become my lifesaver lately. Ok, more like a waist line saver because I would totally just hit up Taco Bell in a pinch. This week has been crazy busy so yesterday I took a little extra time to throw together a crockpot meal. My brain was working enough to put it together but not working enough to remember to take pics for the link up over at Raising Steppe Sisters today. My bad. Come back though and I'll add a picture of the leftovers tonight. I know you can't wait. 

I know you've probably seen the recipe for Bacon Ranch Chicken on pinterest. Here's what you need:

Turkey Bacon (a few or a lot of cooked strips)
1-2 cans of cream of chicken (depending on how much you are 
making/size of crockpot)
Chicken breast
Ranch seasoning
Sour cream (get the lowest fat version)
Fav noodles

  • First up, cook your bacon in a skillet (honestly, I left out the bacon the last time around because I didn't have time. 
  • Tear up the cooked bacon and put it in the bottom of the crockpot
  • Throw in a can or two of cream of chicken (I used one)
  • Add half a cup (or a cup) of sour cream to the crockpot (You can substitute Greek yogurt for this also. I haven't yet and the yogurt I had in the fridge is needed for another recipe this week so maybe next time around)
  • Add the Ranch seasoning and mix everything up. You may want to try half a Ranch packet the first time around. I use about half so it isn't too Ranchy #betterthanraunchy
  • Add chicken breast. I used 3 chicken breast in my dish. 
  • Scoop some of the mix up on top of the chicken and turn the crockpot on low
  • Go to work and come home to a yummy smelling house
  • Make noodles according to package then toss that in with the crockpot goodness
Finished product will look something like this....
You can also add a little garlic and some Parmesan if you prefer that taste. Enjoy!

Now go link up at Lora's blog so we can all try some new recipes. 

Dec 3, 2012

Going to the Chapel ... or Train Station

Do you ever have those Mondays where you are racking your brain trying to remember if you did anything fun over the weekend? I had a fun weekend but after seeing my planner and the busy busy week ahead, it made my short term memory just disappear. Luckily, I can scroll through FB, IG, and my phone to see what the heck was going on. 

Friday we decided on Chinese takeout and a movie. We are all about keeping it simple on Fridays. We rarely make it out on Friday nights since we got old. We {read: I} had chosen Eat, Pray, Love on my Netflix queue at some point so we watched it. Um, yeah, I was super bored and fell asleep. 

Saturday was a bit more exciting because it involved a wedding and I love weddings! We ventured downtown late to the Train Station. I have never really been to a lot of the places on S. Main St but I love the look of "regular" Main St. The train station is actually right across the street from the famous Arcade. One of Elvis' favorite it's probably super unhealthy. I'll have to try that sometime anyways. 
Train station on the right. Look a trolley! Love those
Inside #neonlights!
The wedding was so pretty, and the bride was even prettier! I got to see a few folks from high school that I haven't seen in a while, and it was just an all over good time. 
Being fancy at the reception. I swear I curled up my hair but by the reception it was like this. Blah
Laura and I. Friends since kindergarten!
And ya know what's cool about my wedding outift? Dress, necklace, cost $17. Swear! The necklace was the most expensive item. 

That's it for the weekend. Now I've gotta be ready for this week....busy week at work #accountantproblems, Scentsy party tonight, basketball practice Tuesday, pitching lessons Wednesday, Christmas program Thursday, Pick up my race packet (Ugly Sweater Run) Friday, weekend time!

Nov 29, 2012

The time I became Mrs. Lachey...

When I heard about this linkup, I thought it would be pretty hilarious to read some of the celeb sightings. Those are always interesting. But I was a little bummed because I have never met a celeb....then last night I realized I am really in with the celebs. I guess I was so used to being with the famous people I forgot completely that they were famous and not just normal people. 

First let me let you in on a secret....I'm in the Memphis area and everyone from Memphis is related to JT (hey Lora, now we really are cousins! #redneckproblems). 
But I really am related to him. Like I've met his grandparents at our family reunion. That's big stuff people! Also, when my friend Erin's brother used to work at a fancy restaurant in JT's official small hometown, he would let us know whenever there was a reservation for "Timberlake" party of 5. We would have totally run into him and Jessica last time if we happened to walk to the bathroom at the same time the doors to the party room were opening for a server to go in. So close!

I've met another Memphis celeb at least a handful of times. If you are a wrastlin' fan, I'm sure you know Mr. Jerry the King Lawler. 
When I lived in East Memphis, I used to see "King" (as us close friends call him, obvi) at Perkins for breakfast all the time. Then my real meeting with him happened when we were both shopping for cell phones at SunCom (remember them?) in the mall. We had a small conversation about how far cell phones had come from the brick phone to the smaller brick phone. 

But my favorite celeb sighting has to be the night I became Mrs. Lachey. I know what you are thinking right? I didn't know Nick was married before Jessica. You may or may not be right, I never did my research, but guess what? We aren't talking about Nick. Nope. I looked complete past his Jersey Shore Ronnie-looking-1998 self and fell head over heels in love with his brother Drew....
Be still my heart. We were at a cheerleading camp in Martin, TN and these guys were our entertainment that night. Makes me wonder if all boy bands tour the cheerleading circuit before making it BIG. It was in the middle of Invisible Man when I promised Drew that he would never be invisible to me and then we made out. So what if he thought my name started with a V when he signed our marriage license the picture of him and the rest of the band. I mean, he added a little line at the top of the V to make it look more like a J. Obviously that is true love. Unfortunately, I broke things off with him once I realized he didn't have a big 4x4 truck with a lift and "flows" and the rest is history. 

That's pretty much my celeb BFFs for now. And if you are wondering how I did in the lotto, let me just say...I told you so. I totally won last night! Our work pool won $8. I know, I know, what am I going to do with all that extra money. Well, never fear because there were 20 of us in the pool, so that brings my winnings to a much more manageable 40 cents. Whew! I have an appointment with my financial adviser this afternoon to see what my best plan of investment will be. Wish me luck! 

And go link up with Holly to let me know if your celeb sighting is even half as cool as mine! 

I deserve to have my "World's Biggest Cardinal Fan" title stripped from me for not adding this picture to my celeb post...
This would be the time I met Cardinals ace pitcher Chris Carpenter at Cards spring training in Jupiter, Florida. Strangely enough, this is around the same moment I lost the connection from my brain to my mouth that allows me to speak. I couldn't even ask him for an autograph, I just stood there starring at him. Another fan reminded me I had a ball and marker in my hand and THEN reminded me I should take a picture with him. Thanks random fan that had more Cards swag than I have ever owned in my life. I also met (ie got their autograph) former coach Tony LaRusa, Jason Isringhousen, Anthony Reyes, and Jeff Suppan. And Tyler Johnson handed a baseball to my daughter when he was walking from the practice field over to where the pitchers were warming up. Always take a cute kid along when going to training camp! 

Ok now I feel better. Sorry that I left you out the first time, Chris (XOXO). 

Nov 28, 2012

I'm Hiring

Just wanted to let everyone know, I have two new positions open and I will be accepting applications once I get off the party bus. Confused? You see tonight I'm going to win the powerball. 
After I win, me and my coworkers are going to hop on the party bus to head to Nashville and pick up our winnings. After that I will be taking applications for a personal assistant because obviously I will be too busy counting my money to handle day to day things. And I will be hiring a driver....because I want a Tahoe #dreambiglol and I cannot drive park that big ass thing! 

As crazy as it sounds I think I would actually keep my day job if I won. I just think it would be fun to come in everyday with a total I could care less attitude and see how long I last. Could be extremely entertaining for my coworkers. 

Never fear, once all the partying is over and my friends that I haven't seen in 20 years come out of the woodwork and ask for money, I promise to get back to a regular blogging schedule. 

*How great of a blog post would this be if I actually won.
**Party pooper at work just informed me I'm more likely to become President than to win the lottery. Come on powerball, let's show her how to dream big!

Nov 21, 2012

Rando Wednesday

Am I the only person out there at work today? Lie to me and at least say you are sitting at work, mkay? What a perfect day for a Random Wednesday post. 

First bit of randomness....
I can't decide if someone with the clearance sticker machine thought this would be funny or they have themselves a little penny scheme (think Office Space) going on. 

Next on the list, Netflix. I love you and I hate you. Ya see, short story long, B was spending the night with a friend last night. So you know what that means, bow chica wow wow......grown up tv! Oh yes! And since I missed last season of Sons of Anarchy because of some reason or another, we have been catching up. I missed like the first 6 episodes of the show in the first place so we started from the.very.beginning and are now on last season. I am pretty sure we watched 5 episodes just last night. That put me going to bed way past my fall asleep at 8pm on the couch bedtime. Also I hate how the last episode we watched ended and I am dying to see how the rest of last season goes. Unfortunately, I need to cook tonight instead of staying glued to my tv. Bummer. 
Girls always go for the bad boys...
In other random news, one of B's friends explained to her what French kissing was the other day on the way to her birthday fun at Paint a Piece. I got to hear that conversation and my favorite part was one of the twins telling her "French kissing is gross. I mean, you don't even know where his mouth has been and what if you both have smelly mouths?!?" Then they all made a pact to never get in an argument about a boy because friends come first (i.e. girl version of Bros before Hoes)

Also...pattern mixing? Nailed it. 
Being from the south though I'm a little sad that Alabama just claimed houndstooth as their state pattern. It doesn't just belong to you, Alabama! Today it's mine! (Real dalmatians were not harmed in the making of those $4 shoes #clearance)

I've been getting into running in prep for a 5k in 2.5 weeks and hopefully a 10k and half marathon next year. But I don't care who you are, this is just funny...

Have a great Turkey Day everyone!!
Go over to Shanna's blog and read more random Wednesdays!

Nov 20, 2012

It's a Partay

So this is happening...
It's a one stop shop for blogger birthdays. How cool is that?! Kudos to Alyssa for putting this together. If only this were around about a month ago! Just kidding. 

Now everyone go add your special day, snag the button and spread the news!

Tuesday: Turkey Trot

Today I'm linking up with Holly for the Turkey Trot linkup. I'm ready to talk about Thanksgiving and even more ready to check out of this work week and get to the food! Get in my belly! 

1. What do you look forward to more: the food, football or parades?
Probably the food, just being honest. Dressing is pretty much one of my favorite foods ever so I will have that and be in heaven says the fat girl. I will still enjoy the football and parades though.

2. What is your favorite non-traditional Thanksgiving Day dish?

Hands down, lumpia! Lumpia is like a Filipino egg roll I guess. It's longer and skinnier than regular egg rolls though. My aunt is Filipino and she used to make this every year for our family Thanksgiving gathering. Since our families have grown and all my cousins are married with children pretty much now, we don't always get everyone together at the same time now. So lumpia isn't always on the menu. 

3. After dinner, is it football or a nap?

Both. There's always good intentions to watch football and then I end up waking up two hours later. I blame it on the dressing. 

4. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Which is your favorite float?

Yes, we always watch the parade or at least part of it on Thanksgiving. I don't really have a favorite float though. I guess Santa's float is pretty important though. To me when Santa floats by that means it's go time on the Christmas decorations. 

5. Where do you go to celebrate and eat your big meal? Who is there (family, friends)?

Normally, we go to my grandfather's house for Thanksgiving lunch and my parents or grandmother's house for Thanksgiving evening. This year things may be a little different because my grandfather is not feeling 100%. He recently had a pacemaker put in and has been dealing with an on and off infection. Also, my daughter has to go to her dad's for Thanksgiving at some point so we will be shuffling this year. And since Jeremy's family lives about 2 hours away, we are waiting to celebrate with them on the weekend. 

6. What is your favorite turkey day dessert?

Honestly, I don't really eat dessert on Thanksgiving. Sounds like a good thing, but I replace the dessert with more dressing. Imagine that. My great aunt used to make the best chocolate pie ever and that was a former favorite. 

Ok, now it's your turn! Go linkup over at Holly or Erin's blog {just click the button above} and tell everyone what you think about this holiday. And Happy Turkey day everyone! Go be thankful for all kinds of shtuff! 

Nov 19, 2012

I had gas...

...on Friday. I did. Then I used it all. Being a stay at home mom for the day is expensive. Poor Gladys {my car} used an entire tank of gas on Friday. Ok, that's a lie, but in like 48 hours I had to fill up again. 

Since B is out of school all week for Thanksgiving, they had their Thanksgiving Feast on Friday. I was that mom that brought Subway instead. I think it worked out better anyways. But they had at least eleventy tables with desserts on them. I have no idea who made that Oreo, whip cream, marshmallowy goodness but if you are reading, I need the recipe stat! 
This one had a great time! As you can see. And since she goes to school with my BFF's twins, I got some BFF chat time in as well. 

Back to home for a while, then back to school to pick B and 3 friends up to head to Paint a Piece for a mini birthday party. Off we went with the new One Direction CD blaring and my little American Idol contestants practicing their vocal stylings in the back. 
Each girl painted a cute ornament and then we were on our way back to school for basketball practice. Their first practice. And since they were all with me, they were late. Imagine that. It really was not my fault this time. I am not mean enough and when I said "let's go" at 4:45 and they gave me the sad eyes and begged to finish "just one last thing"....I gave them a few more minutes. Then we got stuck in rush hour/private school street hell. A two lane road with 3 huge private schools that all apparently had something going on Friday night. How dare they!

I know I have mentioned this before but I really love B's new school and all the special things she is doing this year, like the basketball team. She is growing new friendships and learning so many things. I couldn't be happier with our decision.

Nov 15, 2012

Let me tell you 'bout my best frands

Have you ever noticed that things are much better with friends? Did you just say "duh" to me?? I mean, not only outings and stuff, but they actually make blah things better. 

Last night I was going through the DVR (sidenote: anyone still call their DVR their TiVo? Just me? k, carry on), and I see where I recorded Dear John. I had just watched Magic Mike....
you're welcome
...and I thought "why not more Channing Tatum?" I went to see Dear John probably the weekend it came out with 3 of my best friends. These are the best people to go to a movie with {unless you have a problem busting out laughing while everyone else in the theater is crying}. They even bring their big purses and one makes "healthy" popcorn for us. 

Last night I was watching Dear John with Jeremy and about 30 minutes in, I was playing solitaire on my phone. Obviously I had already exhausted all social outlets as well. He called me out on it so I started watching the movie again. Then in the middle of an "awww" scene, I burst out laughing. J thought I was crazy. And I had to explain something funny that my friend Natalie said during that scene the first time I saw it. I don't know how I remembered that but I did. Then for the rest of the movie I could only hear the BFF commentary in my head. And by the end of the movie, I realized that movie sorta sucked...If I was doing thankful posts, this would be my "I'm thankful for my friends" one.

So I guess that's how I celebrated the unveiling of People's Sexiest Man Alive. And here's how J celebrated it...
That's why I love him...

Nov 14, 2012

Random Wednesday

I was so happy to read that Shanna was going to do a "random" link up this week. I am always jotting down little blog notes in my planner or on my phone, but a lot of times those little notes aren't enough for an actual post. It's usually just something random that I saw and thought was funny. So today I went to see what I had in my notes and half of it didn't make sense. Anyone know what "funny ER site message" meant? Yep, I have no clue. Oh well, here are some random things this week:

  • Not so random fact, today is my baby girl's birthday. She is a whopping 10 years old today. How is that possible?! She opened her closet this morning to an avalanche of balloons then opened two tiny presents in her room before going downstairs to see her fun presents. Her birthday festivities are going to happen Friday so I will have pictures and details to post then. 
Black Bean Brownies for Brooklyn's class today (say that 5 times fast!)
  • This is the most behind I have ever been on Christmas present shopping. On another note, I think I'm going to really participate in the Black Friday madness this year. Usually I will get out and buy a few things but mostly drive around Target with my baby sister (Lil J) and laugh at everyone in line. Yes, we are cruel. 
  • Yesterday I saw a man that looked exactly like a pug. Seriously. He was in the car beside me at a red light and I could.not.stop staring at him. I was dying to take a picture, send it to everyone in my contact list my friends, and see if I was not the only person who thought this. What is wrong with me?
  • I hate going to work unsure about an outfit. Like today...I am wearing boots with a maxi dress. I am not sure how I feel about this. Someone tell me that is perfectly acceptable. Because otherwise, what do I wear with my maxi dresses?
  • I just started training for a 10K this past week and today I signed up for a 3 weeks. But it sounds like so much fun! It's the Ugly Sweater Run. How fun does that sound?! And I registered on Living Social so it was half the regular cost. If you are in the Memphis area, you should go register too!
  • I really want a Bloody Mary today. Not sure why. Random.
  • We pass two crossing guards/traffic director people on the way to school each day and we lovely call one of them Handsy thanks to the show The League (so freaking hilarious, but lots of "manly" humor). I recently noticed Handsy's gloves have neon on the back of the gloves and a stop sign on the palm....and for some reason that was hilarious to me at 7am. 
And that's probably enough random for one day. Next week I hope to be able to read my random notes!

Nov 12, 2012

Jump On It

That's exactly what I did this weekend. I jumped on the running bandwagon. I've been trying to get myself motivated for a while now. I haven't done much in the way of exercise since we returned from vacation. It's been nearly a month now. But this weekend I decided to use my 10k training app and get my butt outside. 
And how could you not?! I mean, check out the temp! In November! Crazy right? Those not so little feet beside me belong to my running buddy. 
I just hope we can stick with the plan and B can keep me running when the booty flap is just too much. And maybe she can teach me how to rock the runner's poof a little better. 

The 3 days of week one all look alike. I think we are going to try for day 2 on Thursday and day 3 on Saturday. It is tough to get an outdoor run in now with the time change. And don't even tell me to get up earlier because I will laugh at you, hard. But with holidays and vacation time, I think from now through December I can make this work. Then the running may have to go indoors. 
Other than a light run, we got all the birthday shopping {well, almost all of it} done for a certain special birthday girl. I still need to buy balloons to fill her room and brownie and cupcake mixes for this week then we are set. 

Also, Happy Veterans Day to all those men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe and free. We can never thank you enough for your service to this country.
Flags lining the streets on the way home from our run