Tuesday Talks and The Biggest Thank You Ever

Hi friends!  I hadn’t planned on posting today, but I just couldn’t help myself after the response to yesterday’s post.  To put it simply, I am completely blown away.  I know I have a great support system around me, but wow.  I cannot say thank you enough for all the sweet messages, thoughts, and prayers from all of you.  I am beyond grateful.

I am still at home resting this week and have been feeling mostly good with a few stomach pains and some nausea at night.  I have another doctor appointment today with a GI specialist so I am hoping for more answers.  

In the mean time, I’ve been staring at all these beautiful flowers.  Fresh flowers just make me smile.  

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My sweet sister left this morning and I’m already missing her.  She is such a good caretaker and was by my side all weekend.  I was so happy she was able to go to the Preds game with my dad on Sunday so she could enjoy her visit a bit.  And the bonus is that they won in double overtime!  Can’t wait to watch the next game tonight! Go Preds!!

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I happily watched from my bed. 🙂 

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You know the honey I mentioned in my last post?  Well my momma brought me a jar!!  It is the best honey I have ever tasted.  

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Monday morning I woke up feeling pretty good so my mom, sister, and I walked to grab a coffee.  It is one of the few things I can drink/eat right now.  It tasted heavenly. 

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When my mom comes over, there is ALWAYS pingpong involved.  Who will be her next competitor? 😉 

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It has been very difficult for me to rest at home.  I can always think of things that need to be done.  Monday I mopped, vacuumed, dusted, cleaned mirrors, etc.  Today I am relaxing per my doctor’s orders.  On Monday afternoon my sister and I went to my dad’s to relax in the hot tub for a bit before heading to my little brother’s hockey game.  He was really excited to see my sister and see me out of the hospital.  He told me he was SO glad I was laying down in the hospital anymore. 😉  Sweetest boy ever. 

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Now it is time to go rest up before my doctor appointment today.  I will keep you all updated.  And once again, I am just so thankful for all my friends (internet blogging friends too!) and family.  Have a great day, friends!!

Weekend Recap 2.26.18 Yummy Food, A Birthday Celebration and A Hockey Game

Hey Friends!!!! Happy Monday!! A new week, a new chance for a fresh start!  I am headed out of town today for work, but wanted to get my weekly weekend recap up before then!  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Mine was really nice with lots of down time and a few fun plans with friends.  

Ya’ll I have a new obsession.  I am LOVING taking baths after a long day.  I have never been a bath person because I usually am in and out of the shower quickly and it just seems like a task sometimes rather than a relaxing experience.  But ever since my doctor told me that I need to be taking a few epsom salt baths a week for my back, I have a new found love for baths.  I may have overdone it on the bubbles… 😉 

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On Thursday night neither my husband or I felt like cooking so we got take out from Eastern Peak, one of our favorite take out places. I got the avocado and shrimp salad and it was delicious as always!

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On Friday night we met up with some friends that were in town for a drink during happy hour.  Afterwards we came home and called it an early night.  We didn’t have anything on the agenda for most of Saturday, which was nice.  So this is what most of our Saturday looked like.  My husband and I were both exhausted and did a lot of lounging around all day with our pups.  It was heavenly. 

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On Saturday night we had plans for dinner downtown and then meeting up with our friends to celebrate a 30th birthday!  I asked my husband to take the picture on the left because this is one of the dresses my sister gave to me when we cleaned our her closet in Dallas.  Then when we were walking to dinner I realized that not only was the dress from my sister, but so was the jacket and the purse.  (Thanks Morg!!!)

For dinner my husband and I tried out City Tap House downtown.  

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We both started with a drink! 

Right before this picture my husband said, “I don’t like being an instagram husband.”  hahah Then he said, “this is my I don’t really want to take a picture with my beer face.”  Men…… 🙂 

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We split the crispy brussels sprouts for an app and were fighting over the last bite!  They had pomegrante seeds and a miso dressing that made them so freaking tasty.  My husband got the goat cheese pizza and I got the ahi tuna that came with a quinoa seaweed salad and a shrimp salsa on top.  Yum!

After dinner we headed out to the middle of nowhere to meet up with our friends at The Old School to celebrate our friend, Liz’s 30th birthday!!  Casey, Rachael and I had a blast catching up.  Liz is my bestie, Rachael’s sister.  Happy Birthday, Liz!!

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I thought this outtake of me being a diva was quite hilarious. 😉  We sure do love our friends!

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Sunday morning started bright and early with a workout before we headed to meet our friends for brunch before the Preds game.  The Preds game was at 11am, which is very unusual and while I like to have my Sundays to catch up and get ready for the week, it was nice to not be out late for a Sunday night game.  

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We won 4 to 0!!!! Gooooo Preds!

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After the game we went grocery shopping, did dishes, did a load of laundry, made soup for the week, took a long dog walk, and got ready for the week ahead. 

Alright friends it is time to get this new week started!!  I hope you guys have a great week and an easy Monday.  xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite restaurant for brunch? 
  3. Favorite birthday you have ever had? 

Life Lately… Random Thoughts and Ramblings :)

Hey friends!!! I’m backkkk!  3 blog posts in one week?  Who am I?? 😉 . I can’t believe I used to blog every.single.day.  I don’t have quite the amount of free time I used to have when I was only working part time in Dallas.  These days I swear I would forget my head if it wasn’t attached to my body. 😉 . But you know what?  Life is SO GOOD!!! And I like being busy.  I don’t like feeling overwhelmed, but I do like keeping busy with a routine/schedule.  I’m not very good at doing nothing so being busy is good for me.  I am trying hard to keep up with my regular Monday posts, but I hope to continually add in another blog post or two throughout the week depending on if I have time and if I have something to chat about!  I am all about quality over quantity when it comes to blog posts. 

This post is going to be a bit all over the place, but I have a lot of photos on my phone that I have been meaning to share with you so today is the day.

We picked up a box of these individual green curry meals from Costco.  My husband loves them; I haven’t tried them yet, but they look yummy!  Have you guys tried these?

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A couple weekends ago my mom was over and taking a phone call.  Riley always has to sit on her lap.  He just loves her…. probably because she spoils him rotten!! 😉

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I saw this on instagram the other day and laughed out loud.  I used to love these little sweethearts as a kid, but now that I think about it, they do kind of taste like tums. 🙂

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Just another outfit formed my my sister’s clothes she gave me.  The shirt and jacket were hers and were perfect for a day at work.  I don’t know about you, but I get in such a clothing rut when it comes to work clothes.  I end up wearing the same things over and over so it is really nice to have some new pieces to switch it up a bit.

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My husband had off work the other day and asked me to leave him a list of chores.  He snapchatted me this to prove that he actually did vacuum. 🙂  Too funny.

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I asked my husband to take the dogs on a walk the other day before we went to a meeting and he sent me these snaps for proof.  LOL.  Occasionally when I ask him to take the dogs on a walk he will just let them run around in the yard so he knew he needed to show me proof that he actually walked them.  Little Riley is not good about going potty unless he is on a walk.  For some reason he just doesn’t like to go in our yard.  I think he just holds it so he can get more walks.  He is a smart one. 😉 

Monday night we went to the Predators game with my husband’s coworkers and we ran into Nash!!  

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It has been a busy week with commitments after work each night, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting in my nightly walk on my treadmill.  I workout in the mornings before work, but lately I have been feeling the need to do a little more activity since my job keeps me pretty sedentary for most of the day.  A few times per week, I am getting in a long walk on my treadmill after work while catching up on my shows.  I walk between 4.0-4.5 and increase the incline every couple of minutes all the way up to a 10% incline then I start decreasing.  I usually walk between 2 and 4 miles depending on how much time I have and how I am feeling.  I work up a good sweat and have regularly been hitting my step goal of 10,000 steps each day when I add this extra walk into my day.  Once it gets nicer outside I will take my nightly walks outside with my doggies.  Did ya’ll notice the dog toys by my treadmill?  Riley is relentless.  He wants to play ALL DAY LONG.  🙂 . He is just so cute that he often has me jumping on and off the treadmill to play fetch with him.  

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Well that is all for today friends!!  I am off to get ready for the day and give my puppies some love before work.  I hope you all have an amazing day!!!!!

Questions: 

  1. Do you have a step tracker?  What is your daily goal?  How often do you hit your goal?
  2. Favorite quick go-to meal?
  3. If you have a dog, how often do you walk your pup?  

Better Late Than Never Weekend Recap 11.19.17

Hi there!  How was your Thanksgiving weekend?  Ours was wonderful!  We spent Thanksgiving in Indianapolis with my in-laws and had a great time!  I am working on a recap of our time in Indy, but in the mean time I am going to share pictures from the previous weekend.  

My mom and I decided that our small gift to neighbors, friends, family and coworkers (my husband’s and mine) would be homemade Christmas cookies this year.  So we picked a couple Saturdays to put on the books for cooking baking! 

We started last weekend and got about halfway done. 🙂 

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Riley was waiting for the scraps. 😉 

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This time of year really makes me miss my granny.  She and my mom baked Christmas cookies every year.  We still use a lot of her recipes with her precious handwriting.  I am so lucky to be able to carry on the tradition with my momma.  

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Riley and I worked on putting together all of the boxes for the cookies.  It was no easy task. 😉 

We made sure to shop for our in-laws early this year so we didn’t have to ship gifts.  That prompted me to shop for everyone so I started the wrapping last weekend too.  It sure is nice to get Christmas shopping done early so we can just enjoy the holiday season.  

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We still have our pumpkins on our front porch, but we started decorating inside just a bit.  This will be the first year we have not had to travel for Christmas (we will be with my family for Christmas and since they live in Nashville we don’t have to travel to see them).  My sister and her boyfriend will come from Dallas with their two pups for the holiday and I can’t wait!!  

My mom and I did lots of shopping for Christmas decorations last weekend (I can’t wait to shop you guys all of them once they are up!) and that included lots of lights!! I spent the rest of the weekend doing this… 

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We took a little break from baking and decorating to go to Costco with my mom so we could get a membership!  We had one back when we lived in Cincinnati, but since then there has not been a convenient store location.  Thanks mom! 

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Last Monday we tried a new-to-us restaurant called Whiskey Kitchen.  We had heard great things but just hadn’t had a chance to go.  

I got the salmon that came with a yummy salad and green beans.  My husband got the fried tomato BLT and loved it too! 

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After dinner we headed downtown for the Predators game.  They won! woo!!  A little date night on a Monday night is definitely a nice way to start the week! 

That is all for today!  I will pop back in later this week to share pictures from our Thanksgiving!! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Questions: 

  1. How was your Thanksgiving?
  2. Have you started shopping for the holidays?
  3. Do you do any annual baking during the holidays? 

A Sweet Little Date Night to Break Up the Week

Hey friends!!! How was your weekend?  Mine was so wonderful and I will get more into that with a weekend recap later this week!  

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like the work week is never ending.  I am not one to have a ton of plans during the week (I like my time to relax with a book or a good show), but sometimes a night out during the week is good for the soul. 

My husband and I were debating buying a season ticket package for the Nashville Predators this year and we ended up going for it.  I look at it as pre-planned date nights that break up the monotony of the work week.  

On Thursday night we headed to a new sushi restaurant on the way to downtown for a quick dinner before the game. Thursday nights call for a some cocktails!

We got a few rolls to try… can you tell which ones are mine?  🙂 I loved that this sushi restaurant offered the option of brown rice rolls instead of white rice.  

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We were a little worried when the Dallas Stars scored pretty quickly into the first period.  

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But in true Predators fashion…. we came back and won the game!

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We also ran into my favorite kiddo.  I just love my baby bro!

We met up with him during both intermissions and watched him shoot some goals!

We left the game pretty happy!

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Boy do I have a story for you guys.  My husband (bless his heart) loves public transportation.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I love it in cities like New York and Chicago, but Nashville does not have great options so we usually just Uber everywhere we go.  Well Thursday night my husband had the bright idea to take the city bus home from the game.  We wait for about 20 minutes (we realized they only come every 30 minutes later in the evening and ended up running down the street after it to make it stop.  😉  We fought over who got to pull the cord to signal our stop, but we did finally make it home a little later. 🙂  

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I just have to show you guys these pictures of my cousin’s little boy.  My mom spent the week in Long Island with my aunt, cousin, her husband and their precious baby boy.  I hope my mom got out all of her baby fever while she was there. 😉 

Questions:

  1. If you have kids, how many do you have?
  2. What is your favorite date night activity?
  3. Since Halloween is later this month, what is your favorite type of candy?

Weekend Recap 6.6.17 … A Very Special Birthday and The Predators are in the Stanley Cup!!!

Hey guys!  I am spending the morning trying to play catch up with my pictures/blog from the past couple weeks.  I swear I will find a normal blogging routine one of these days.  We haven’t quite set a new routine after moving and have had so much going on in the evenings that it has been hard to find time to blog.  

This was me last weekend sanding and painting an old table my mom had.  We need something to fill up the space in a corner of our living room and wanted it to match everything else.  One we get the house completely together I will show you it’s place.  We are having a housewarming party in a couple weeks so we are moving right along with finding a place for everything.  I love having a deadline to get our house ready or else we may have been living out of boxes for a little too long.  

This was us watching one of the last Predators games at a bar.  But this last weekend, I got to watch the Stanley Cup in person!!  

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Before the game on Saturday, we headed out to Old Hickory Lake to celebrate my best friend, Rachael’s birthday.  She rented two pontoon boats for 30 of us.  It was such a blast!  Happy 27th birthday Rach!! 

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She may have had to be rescued after that picture. 😉 

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This guy was in his happy place. 

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After a few hours on the lake, we got dropped off to get ready for the game.  

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We hurried home and met up with my dad then the 3 of us headed downtown.  It was crazy downtown!! If you haven’t seen the pictures on the news, you should look them up!! Nashville really rallied together to support the Preds!!  It is days like Saturday that make me LOVE Nashville and all the people here.  

 

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We cut the end of the Alan Jackson concert then dropped my husband off to meet up with some friends.  Then my dad and I headed to the arena!

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We got these light up bracelets in our seats and I hadn’t seen them before.  My dad told me I had to put it on and I soon found out why!  The whole stadium lit up to the music at the beginning of the game.  

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The bracelets lit up different colors and different levels of the arena would light up at different times.  It was truly beautiful.  The pictures definitely don’t do it justice, but I did get a couple videos that I posted to my youtube if you want to see!  

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The place was packed and we barely sat down the entire time!!

We got a little nervous when the Penguins scored in the first 3 minutes of the game, but thankfully the Preds were able to pull it together and ended up winning 5 to 1!!!! It was so incredible to experience the crowd going nuts and all the support behind the Preds!

It was a madhouse downtown after the game!! 

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We went and met up with my husband and some friends for a drink while we waited for the uber prices to go down a bit. 🙂

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I am pretty excited to watch the game tonight!!!  Go PREDS!! 

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Questions:

  1. Are you a hockey fan?
  2. Have you ever been to a Stanley Cup game? 

 

Sports!! We Just Can’t Get Enough!

Hi friends!! Happy Friday!!  Hallelujah, the weekend is here! It has come at the perfect time because I am in need of a little break.   What about you guys?  How has your week been so far?  I got off work a little early yesterday and thought I would go home and finish getting our house organized… I was so wrong.  I went home to take a quick “nap” before attempting some cleaning and awoke 4 hours later.  I got up and ate dinner and watched the Preds game 😦 then went back to sleep a couple hours later and slept straight through the night.  I guess my body just really needed the rest.  I am feeling well-rested and ready for a nice weekend.  

As you all know by now, my family is really into sports.  I grew up going to Titans games, Predators games, minor league baseball games, MLB spring training, the list goes on and on.  As much as I like attending sporting events, I am definitely not the athlete of the family.  I grew up playing soccer, softball, basketball, swimming, and cross country, but truly, I was never really good at any of them (and I didn’t really care ;)).  I played sports for the social aspect and the exercise aspect… definitely not the competitive aspect.  My sister was the pro soccer player and my little brother is the pro hockey player… you do not want to be in the car with them after they lose a game. 😉  

Anyway.. the last few weeks have been filled with lots of sporting events so I thought I would show you a few!

My dad and I went to Bricktops for a quick dinner before the Predators game.  I got a delicious spicy tuna roll and a kale and quinoa side salad.  

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This was the second round of the playoffs… I will say the playoffs were a whole new experience compared to regular season games… the crowd was standing almost the entire game.  It was reallly fun!

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My and my sweet daddy!

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Nashville’s minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, opened a new stadium recently and we hadn’t been yet.  My husband had a tennis match he couldn’t miss so I took my mother-in-law, my dad, and my little brother last Thursday.  

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The weather was just perfect!  This little boy LOVES getting pictures with the mascots.  My dad joked that we could make a whole book of pictures with my little brother and mascots from teams around the country.  

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Reba, Johnny Cash and George Jones decided to show up too. 😉

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After a few innings, this little dude got bored so we walked around and decided to play mini golf.  They have a little course in the stadium, which is really nice for families with kiddos who can’t sit still for an entire baseball game.  

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Each hole was uniquely designed.. this guitar shaped one was my favorite!

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As my dad always said growing up, “It’s a beautiful day for baseball!”  And last Thursday it sure was!

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Riley wants you guys to know that he is rooting for the Preds to win the Stanley cup… that game last night was a little hard to watch, but I am glad we at least made it to overtime. 

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Thank you for letting me ramble on and on about how much my family just loves sports.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!! See you guys next week!!

Questions:

  1. Did you play any sports growing up?
  2. What professional sport do you watch/attend games most often?
  3. Any fun plans for the weekend?