Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Weekend:

Happy Friday, everyone! I've been stuck in meetings all week so I'm excited for the break the weekend will be bringing me. I am celebrating this particular rainy Friday by taking the afternoon off. Sometimes you just need to decompress, you know?

Got any fun plans for the weekend? I've got a long run in the works and A and I are going to my high school reunion (!) Saturday night. I can't believe it's been ten years. The time has just flown by.

Have a great one. Stay dry out there. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Six years:

Sunday, A and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Six years!

Happy anniversary, Andrew! You make my life better, just by being in it. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Weekend:

All hail Friday, the bearer of the greatest gift an adult in the working world could ask for -- the weekend! Can you tell how excited I am for two days of not having anything to do? Plus...


Got anything fun planned? I am getting a long run in with the girls (insanely) early Saturday morning because it's just too hot to run more than six miles at any other time of day. And we're going to drop in (with cookies) on some friends to give a fond farewell to one of our own being deployed. And Sunday is our anniversary -- six years (!) of marital bliss!

Here's what's been going on around here lately:
  1. I've been cross training by swimming laps (per the suggestion of my orthopedist) a few days a week with A's swim team. It's a nice break from running, keeps me out of the sun, and being in the water just feels so great.
  2. Mellow Mushroom, one of our favorite pizza joints, opened here in Little Rock this week! 
  3. I've been thinking about getting into triathlons -- anyone have any advice?
  4. To celebrate our anniversary, we have decided to treat ourselves to scuba diving lessons!
  5. Got together with my book club this week -- so much fun to sit around and discuss with people who share my love of the written word.
Have a great summer weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Want to hear something crazy? A and I went to college with this guy:

Apparently, he is now an actor at Disney. Currently, he is playing the role of Gaston (from Beauty and the Beast) but has also played John Smith (and actually dated Pocahontas)! Andrew was browsing on imgur when he stumbled upon this nugget of awesomeness. Apparently, there are multiple internet memes featuring our old pal Daniel. Crazy, isn't it?

I like to look at them often. They make me smile. And also, kind of feel like a celebrity. I mean, come on! We went to school with Gaston! That's like, only one degree of separation from a Disney princess (and my favorite, in fact).

See my favorite ones here, here, and here.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Zara has been killing it this summer with their shoes. Case in point:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

We love:

Kind of can't stop listening to this song:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Weekend:


Happy Friday, guys! So glad the weekend is finally upon us. Got any fun plans? I am going in search of a dress to wear to my high school reunion later this month. And we're taking my dad out for breakfast on Sunday!

Don't forget that Sunday is Father's Day -- show your dad some love!

Have a great one, everyone!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

New Reads:

Recently, I read The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I think I should preface this by saying that I did not like any of the Twilight books. While I thought the subject matter (read: twinkling vampires and a weak female protagonist) was at best, completely ridiculous, and the writing not exactly stellar, I think the author did a good job of using her words to draw you in. Despite the fact that you hated what you were reading (or at least, I did), you read it. You had to finish it. And that's how she sold millions of copies. No judgement. She's actually a pretty decent storyteller and I can respect that. So I figured with this new book of hers, I'd give her another shot. Maybe I'd enjoy this one more.

So, let's talk about The Host. Have you read it? I think it was recently made into a movie. Maybe you watched that instead. Maybe you've never even heard of it. Maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about. So here it is:

"Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wandered, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. 

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love."

And my thoughts? While I didn't hate it was much as any of her vampire stories, I still didn't care for it. I can't pinpoint why. I read the first few chapters and kept thinking, "okay, just read a little bit more. Things will start to make sense and you'll get sucked in if you just stick with it a little longer." And I kept saying that to myself. Before I knew it I was two-thirds of the way through the story and still saying that to myself. It never really grabbed me. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I wasn't involved. I didn't really care what happened to anyone. And I didn't even really want to finish it. I did though, only because I have a hard time leaving a story unresolved, even if I don't like it. So I pushed myself to finish the book. And was relieved to be done. That's not the kind of reaction I generally have at the end of a story. It was a strange experience, reading this book.

So here's my advice: if you liked her other stuff, then you'll probably like this, but maybe not as much. If you weren't a fan of her before, this isn't going to win you over. You can probably skip it. If you do decide to pick it up, check it out from the library or pick up a cheap used copy. This isn't something you'd want to shell out full-price for a nice, new edition that will sit on your bookshelf for years to come. If you actually make it all the way through, you will probably never pick it up again. Or at least, I never will.

Did you read it? What are your thoughts? Have you seen the movie? Is it any better than the book?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I want to go to there:

Right now, I kind of want to dive into this photo. Who wouldn't. You would, wouldn't you? Sun on your face and a cool breeze off the water? Count me in.

If I were there on the water instead of trying to struggle through another summer-like work day here in landlocked Arkansas (sounds bleak, doesn't it?), I'd probably be hunkered down in one of those chairs, drinking iced tea, reading a good book, and debating about whether or not to take that canoe out on the water for the second time that morning. And I'd be wearing this:
Now if we could find a hammock nearby, things would be pretty much perfect.

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Reads:

I've been carefully curating my candidates for summer reading material for a few weeks now. Here are my top four picks:
  1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  2. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Quick, light, and guaranteed to please. Should make for a good summer of books.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy Weekend:

Happy Friday, everyone! Another weekend is upon us. What do you plan to do with it? I absolutely must get a long run in since the inclement weather kept me from getting it done last weekend. And one of my oldest and dearest friends is leaving Saturday to head back to the city she currently calls home. I'm sad to see her go but am hoping we can fit in an early morning doughnut run before she hits the road.

Here's a look at this week's highlights:

  1. Reuniting 2/3 of the Order for almost two whole weeks has been amazing
  2. Pizza and good conversation with some of my oldest friends made my week
  3. We have been taste testing the birthday root beer -- results coming soon!
  4. Leftover cookies from the birthday eating extravaganza have kept me happy all week long
  5. Bought my tickets to my 10-year high school reunion (!). So, it's official: after much deliberation, I have finally decided that I will be attending
Just realized that almost every single highlight of my week (and life, apparently) revolves around food. This is not a misrepresentation. Pretty much our entire lives revolve around eating good food. That, and our pup.

Have a good one! XO!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Go Running:

Today is National Running Day. So get out there and get moving. 

A Very Happy Birthday:

Sunday was Andrew's 30th birthday. To celebrate, we spent the day doing anything and everything he wanted. Naturally, this involved massive amounts of eating. Literally, we just sat around in comfy clothes and ate all day long, basking in the blissful, glorious, we-have-no-obligations silence.

We ate quinoa tabbouleh, Greek salad, cookies, cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread (most amazing, ever), veggie burgers, fries, and delicious orange dreamsicle floats. In very large quantities.

Andrew got a new drawing tablet, gaming keyboard (nerd alert), and my favorite surprise ever -- 30 different kinds of root beer! Because didn't you know? The proper way to usher in your thirties: gorging yourself on massive amounts of soda. I think this might become a tradition with us. At the start of each new decade (thirties, forties, fifties, etc.), you get the corresponding amount of the beverage of your choice. It helps keep things positive: the older you are, the more you get. This is either going to be a capital idea or a complete disaster. On the one hand, you get delicious treats to celebrate having survived another year (or in this case, decade). On the other hand, with this indulgence comes diabetes, obesity, and if your beverage of choice is alcoholic, liver disease. Decisions, decisions...

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Reads:

I recently read A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle for my book club. Have you read it? It's a cute little book. Short and sweet, which is nice after the tomb of a book I read before it. 

So, basically, it's a dog's memoir. I like memoirs and autobiographies because they enable authors to tell the audience things about themselves you might not have known otherwise. And it's so much easier to be the person who shapes what someone thinks of you than to have someone else do that and have to go behind them and re-shape that idea. Opinions are not easily changed.

This little book tells the story of a dog called Boy. From being abandoned as a puppy to wild tales of life in his new home, it's full of funny stories, anecdotes, and life lessons. And not being a cat person myself, I can totally relate to his thoughts and feelings on the feline species.

If you're looking for a short (130ish pages) uplifting book, this might be it. It's broken up into easy to digest chapters; it shouldn't take you long. And it's not one of those books that needs to be read cohesively. So, even if you have to set it down for a time, it will be okay. It's unobtrusive. And I can appreciate that.