nothing short of thankful

Nashville was a blast and a half - I knew we would have a great time visiting our friends but didn’t realize how much I would really enjoy the actual city itself. We did a great mix of normal people activities (eating some of the most delicious food and brunching and walking around) and the most touristy things (such as spending an entire day drinking our way through honky tonks on Broadway.) I am so glad we took the weekend to go do that and I think it made us realize 1) how much more we need to explore of Atlanta, especially as far as restaurants go and 2) how much we need more friends to move new places within driving distance so we can go on more small trips like this. 
I’m still a bit tired and recovering today, but am already excited to be headed to Birmingham this weekend to celebrate Sister’s birthday with the family (and eat Davenport’s pizza - that is a must on any trip.) With two trips close together, though, I’m feeling a little disorganized and need a second to get some to do’s clear in my head. The rest of this week will be for running 28 miles, a spin class, Pure Barre, grocery shopping, baseboard cleaning, birthday gift wrapping (for BOTH the sisters,) unpacking and repacking, and a few deliverables for work. Feeling ready to tackle everything as long as I have plenty of Diet Coke to power me through until Thursday. 

Nashville was a blast and a half - I knew we would have a great time visiting our friends but didn’t realize how much I would really enjoy the actual city itself. We did a great mix of normal people activities (eating some of the most delicious food and brunching and walking around) and the most touristy things (such as spending an entire day drinking our way through honky tonks on Broadway.) I am so glad we took the weekend to go do that and I think it made us realize 1) how much more we need to explore of Atlanta, especially as far as restaurants go and 2) how much we need more friends to move new places within driving distance so we can go on more small trips like this. 

I’m still a bit tired and recovering today, but am already excited to be headed to Birmingham this weekend to celebrate Sister’s birthday with the family (and eat Davenport’s pizza - that is a must on any trip.) With two trips close together, though, I’m feeling a little disorganized and need a second to get some to do’s clear in my head. The rest of this week will be for running 28 miles, a spin class, Pure Barre, grocery shopping, baseboard cleaning, birthday gift wrapping (for BOTH the sisters,) unpacking and repacking, and a few deliverables for work. Feeling ready to tackle everything as long as I have plenty of Diet Coke to power me through until Thursday. 

I made this as a housewarming/thanks for hosting us gift for our friends we are visiting this weekend and I am loving it.

I made this as a housewarming/thanks for hosting us gift for our friends we are visiting this weekend and I am loving it.

hey, thursday!
good to see ya! here’s what is up:
first of all, the nordstrom anniversary sale is my best friend every year. this tank is longer than it looks on the model and is perfect for wearing with leggings (i finally bit the bullet on some hue leggings while they are on sale) and will be great to layer under sweaters this fall. i also got/dig these sneaks in grey, these earrings in green (seems to be unavailable now, but I love that yellow as well which was not available when i ordered,) this sweater because stripes and elbow patches are a no brainer, and another of my favorite headband they make. eyeing a pair of boots and maybe these before the sale ends. 
continuing our trend this summer of starting television series way later than we should (game of thrones was for early summer,) we started watching house of cards last night. love it so hard so far. 
exactly 2 months left in my team in training fundraising and i got an email from my mentor this week saying i was doing great, which makes me feel better! less than $1,000 to go. 
i have to run 10 miles tonight (yuck) so i need these storms to move on out.
the reason i am doing my long run early is not yuck, though. we are headed to nashville tomorrow to visit blake’s best man and his girlfriend who recently moved up there from birmingham. i am so excited and have had my bags packed since tuesday, which i will admit is a bit much but whatever. 
i’m so ready for football season i could explode - i also already have two game day outfits planned out. 

hey, thursday!

good to see ya! here’s what is up:

  • first of all, the nordstrom anniversary sale is my best friend every year. this tank is longer than it looks on the model and is perfect for wearing with leggings (i finally bit the bullet on some hue leggings while they are on sale) and will be great to layer under sweaters this fall. i also got/dig these sneaks in grey, these earrings in green (seems to be unavailable now, but I love that yellow as well which was not available when i ordered,) this sweater because stripes and elbow patches are a no brainer, and another of my favorite headband they make. eyeing a pair of boots and maybe these before the sale ends. 
  • continuing our trend this summer of starting television series way later than we should (game of thrones was for early summer,) we started watching house of cards last night. love it so hard so far. 
  • exactly 2 months left in my team in training fundraising and i got an email from my mentor this week saying i was doing great, which makes me feel better! less than $1,000 to go
  • i have to run 10 miles tonight (yuck) so i need these storms to move on out.
  • the reason i am doing my long run early is not yuck, though. we are headed to nashville tomorrow to visit blake’s best man and his girlfriend who recently moved up there from birmingham. i am so excited and have had my bags packed since tuesday, which i will admit is a bit much but whatever. 
  • i’m so ready for football season i could explode - i also already have two game day outfits planned out. 
"It’s not fair,” I said. “It’s just so goddamned unfair.”
“The world,” he said, “Is not a wish granting factory."
- The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via myownmelt)

Help!

I am thinking I should go ahead and bite the bullet on a new pair of nicer boots for this fall during the Nordstrom sale. I have many pairs of tan/brown knee high boots from Target that are in good shape, so I should be set with those for brown boots and want to focus on getting a nice pair of black boots to wear with leggings and tights and dresses that are a little nicer. I have some Nordstrom notes to help with the cost but those could just be used on Zella leggings or this faux leather jacket if I decide to stop obsessing over black boots. 

I’m leaning towards a pair of over the knee boots (probably because a girl in my old office wore hers all the time last fall/winter/spring and I thought they looked so awesome) and have narrowed it down to the top two pairs. The first is the 'Baldwin' Over the Knee Leather Boot by Vince Camuto (on sale for $164.90 from $248.95) - they are 23” tall (so TALL which I love) and have a 15” calf measurement with some elastic on the back to allow for wide calves. (I measured and my calves are like 16” so I am always worried about boots being too tight.) They have a little higher heel at 2 inches. The other pair I found is the 'Leroux' over the Knee Boot by DV by Dolce Vita (on sale for $154.90 from $219.95.) They are just a smidge shorter at 22” and have a slightly wider calf measurement at 16” but look like there would be very little give in the fit with these. They also only have a 1.25” heel, which could be more comfortable I guess. 

OR do I need to realize that girls that are not in possession of thigh gaps and stick thin legs and calves do not find over the knee boots to be the most flattering and just try the 'Holdyn' Boot by Enzo Angiolini (on sale for $154.90 from $228.95) that are more like my usual riding boot? They have a 15” calf measurement, thought, so they may not fit at all. OR do I try something fun like the 'Sheldon' Boot by Fringe (on sale for $99.90 from $149.95) and hope I get enough wear out of them to justify spending $100 on a trendier looking boot?

Tonight’s ensemble: painting attire. Also,this tee could be a 9th grader so that’s insane.

Tonight’s ensemble: painting attire. Also,this tee could be a 9th grader so that’s insane.

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, while you live and the manner in which you live."
-

Stuart Scott at tonight’s ESPY awards (via mabtv3)

If we’re going to insist on using warrior about people whose bodies have, at a basic cellular level, actually turned against them, I think it’s so important to acknowledge that those who are about to ‘lose’ their ‘battle’ exhibit the greatest amounts of courage. The people who have died never (willingly) gave up.

(via accidentalextrovert)

(via accidentalextrovert)

1) See ya grey hairs. 
2) Garnier, this is a funny shade of light blonde if you ask me. (I don’t hate it - just thought it’d be lighter.)
3) Is it strange Blake never even noticed last night but my coworker (who I have only seen 4-5 times in the past month) noticed as soon as I walked in the office this morning?

1) See ya grey hairs.
2) Garnier, this is a funny shade of light blonde if you ask me. (I don’t hate it - just thought it’d be lighter.)
3) Is it strange Blake never even noticed last night but my coworker (who I have only seen 4-5 times in the past month) noticed as soon as I walked in the office this morning?

#WaHo date night with the husband. I’m on a roll with “cooking dinner” aka suggesting places like this or froyo to eat.

#WaHo date night with the husband. I’m on a roll with “cooking dinner” aka suggesting places like this or froyo to eat.

brklyn:

I got some shiny new bling and a brand new fiancée.

You guys! YOU GUYS! Brooke and Jordan are engaged and I’m 1) so so so SO jazzed for them and 2) relieved not to be keeping this secret from her anymore. Not telling one of your best friends/sister-in-law something so huge the whole time it’s being planned is so tricky. We are seriously so excited and happy for you two and can’t wait for wedding planning to begin in earnest (and Blake’s pretty psyched to get a brother after being surrounded by ladies!)

brklyn:

I got some shiny new bling and a brand new fiancée.

You guys! YOU GUYS! Brooke and Jordan are engaged and I’m 1) so so so SO jazzed for them and 2) relieved not to be keeping this secret from her anymore. Not telling one of your best friends/sister-in-law something so huge the whole time it’s being planned is so tricky.

We are seriously so excited and happy for you two and can’t wait for wedding planning to begin in earnest (and Blake’s pretty psyched to get a brother after being surrounded by ladies!)

Blake is breaking out the Mike Isabella Crazy Good Italian cookbook tonight. I’m jazzed.

Blake is breaking out the Mike Isabella Crazy Good Italian cookbook tonight. I’m jazzed.

Tonight was for a gym workout and run and then wearing these insane(ly fun) crops to Flywheel.

Tonight was for a gym workout and run and then wearing these insane(ly fun) crops to Flywheel.

"What’s the kindest thing you almost did? Is your fear of insomnia stronger than your fear of what awoke you? Are bonsai cruel? Do you love what you love, or just the feeling? Your earliest memories: do you look though your young eyes, or look at your young self? Which feels worse: to know that there are people who do more with less talent, or that there are people with more talent? Do you walk on moving walkways? Should it make any difference that you knew it was wrong as you were doing it? Would you trade actual intelligence for the perception of being smarter? Why does it bother you when someone at the next table is having a conversation on a cell phone? How many years of your life would you trade for the greatest month of your life? What would you tell your father, if it were possible? Which is changing faster, your body, or your mind? Is it cruel to tell an old person his prognosis? Are you in any way angry at your phone? When you pass a storefront, do you look at what’s inside, look at your reflection, or neither? Is there anything you would die for if no one could ever know you died for it? If you could be assured that money wouldn’t make you any small bit happier, would you still want more money? What has been irrevocably spoiled for you? If your deepest secret became public, would you be forgiven? Is your best friend your kindest friend? Is it any way cruel to give a dog a name? Is there anything you feel a need to confess? You know it’s a “murder of crows” and a “wake of buzzards” but it’s a what of ravens, again? What is it about death that you’re afraid of? How does it make you feel to know that it’s an “unkindness of ravens”?"
- Two-Minute Personality Test, Jonathan Safran Foer (via 5000letters)

(Source: thismtnsoul, via jenjiquinji)

heyjesscole:

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Taurus: This week you’re going to feel so good in the world, so right, so much at ease. This is a week for living in the world, for being with other people, for talking and laughing and listening to everybody’s funny bright stories. You can find so much kindness this week, and you can find so much generosity. Try not to doubt this, try not to worry. Other people can surprise you this week. Other people can sustain you. Other people can give you what you need to keep living.




Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

A-to-the-men.

heyjesscole:

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Taurus: This week you’re going to feel so good in the world, so right, so much at ease. This is a week for living in the world, for being with other people, for talking and laughing and listening to everybody’s funny bright stories. You can find so much kindness this week, and you can find so much generosity. Try not to doubt this, try not to worry. Other people can surprise you this week. Other people can sustain you. Other people can give you what you need to keep living.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

A-to-the-men.

Peachtree Road Race!

I ran my third Peachtree last Friday on the 4th, and it was definitely amazing. The humidity left town just in town for the race, and the temperatures were remarkably cool. (The first year I ran it was about 83 degrees when I started, and last year it was humid/almost raining the entire time, so this weather was VERY appreciated.) I ran by myself, and definitely missed my friends, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could push myself to work hard as thats what I’ll be doing in Chicago  - no cheerleader running alongside me and just my own thoughts in my head to keep me moving. 

One of my 2014 resolutions was to get a new 10K PR, as my other PR was from my first Peachtree when I wasn’t super well trained. I ended up KILLING that goal WHILE running at close my goal marathon pace, and finished in 1:17:07 which made for a 4 minute, 31 second PR and was almost 19 minutes faster than I finished last year. (I don’t even care that 12 minute miles are super slow to most people - I loved that I could stay steady with them!) I also had a personal goal to not quit running on any of the hills, as I normally mentally tell myself that’s the best time to walk and then run the downhills. I want to train myself to be mentally AND physically tough before the marathon, and this was a good exercise in that. The race also marked my 100th mile of running for the year, and I’m looking forward to adding quite a few more to over the next few months with a goal of 400 total miles this year ( my training plan from my coach calls for a little over 330 total miles plus whatever I run optionally and/or after October.) 

With the race, I ended up running around 14 miles last week so I stuck to my training plan pretty accurately. (I’m adding in an extra optional 3 or 4 mile run each week on top of what my running coach has scheduled as it is a fairly light running schedule from him.) I didn’t hit up Pure Barre for strength training on Thursday as I was afraid it would make me sore for the race. This week I’ve got 14 total miles (including a long run of 8 miles) on my training plan plus hopefully an extra 3 miles for a total of 17 planned miles. I’m also looking to fit in a Pure Barre class for strength training plus a spin class for XT as well as some extra arm + core work at home on running-only days. 

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