Missin’ My Blog

Oh, my. So many plans and good intentions to finally blog again this weekend – I have really missed it!

I love writing and getting my thoughts, aspirations, goals, successes, failures and reflections down on paper out on the interwebs. Work and wedding planning has seemed to overtake my life the last few weeks, though, so despite my best intentions… No fabulous blog post to share.

However:

I’m still alive.

I ran the Green Bay half marathon – and didn’t die. However my running’s been put on hold since then, and I’m [thisclose] to finally seeing a PT to help me on my way.

Wedding planning is going superbly, and I can’t wait. We’re under 100 days, people!

Work is swell, albeit a bit stressful and all-consuming some days. 🙂 But still fulfilling, so I can’t complain.

Diet=fail. Really need to get my butt in shape so it FITS into my wedding gown.

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What’s new with you all?!

How do you carve out time to blog even when the daily grind feels like a madhouse? 

Things from the Week

Happy weekend! I’m glad it’s here, but I had a good week:

A Couple o’ Runs
I got a couple runs in this week—3 miles Monday, 4 miles Tuesday and 2 miles Thursday. I enjoyed the view of the beach Thursday…

running by the beach

This view never gets old!

But despite the beauty I couldn’t ignore the pain in my groin/inner thigh… How will I ever get this injury to go away? I think after the Green Bay [Half] Marathon next weekend I will have to take some real time off and see a physical therapist to figure out what to do. Just doing the rest, stretching, icing thing doesn’t seem to be helping it all that much.

Wedding Planning Bonanza
With about 3 ½ months until the big day, I’m in full-blown wedding planning mode! I’m starting to iron out the details and put my many Pinterest plans into action. Last night I was up ‘til midnight working on our wedding invites. The upside and downside to being a designer: You can create your own invites, but man does it take a lot of time! (Especially for a perfectionist like me.) I love how our Save the Dates turned out, so I have high hopes and intricate plans for the invites… 🙂

rustic vitage wedding save the date postcards

A Bird Pooped on My Head
Is this a highlight?

Well it’s dang funny, anyway: Thursday night was the first nice evening this spring, in the 70s, light breeze… Matt and I were sitting on our back porch, enjoying a glass of wine and blissfully talking honeymoon plans. Then plop…Right on my forehead. It was probably the funniest thing that happened to me all week, and I wish I could go back and see my face. Haha!

Jack is Back!

Anyone else obsessed with the show 24? I was lovin’ the 2-hour kick-off, but it seems like something is missing. Maybe once the story gets rolling it will seem like the old episodes that really pull you in and put you on the edge of your seat?

I am so looking forward to the coming week: We’re having some friends over for dinner Monday, and then I leave Tuesday for the HOW Design Conference for work, so I will be in Boston ‘til Friday. I loooove learning new things, so I am already geeked out just thinking about it! Plus, it will be nice to spend some time with my boss and talk shop…and my younger sister, who is in the same field, will be attending the conference as well. Bonus sister time! And of course, you know that at some point I will have to take a little jog on the Boston marathon course, maybe even cross the finish line. 😉

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Hightlight of your week?

Any recos on what to do while I am in Boston? Things to see, places to eat, whatever? 

The Countdown Is ON

In t-minus three days, I will be having a sleepover with my older sister and her new dog (!!), then waking up ridiculously early to head to the airport. After a few short hours up in the air, we’ll be reunited with our long-lost little sister in Phoenix, Arizona…in the SUN and WARM air and happiness!

Can you tell I’m excited?

My blog posts have been lacking {or just, MIA} lately, mostly due to a crazier-than-usual work schedule and actually staying on top of my workouts despite that. Which leaves no real extra time for this little hobby o’ mine. At least the craziness of the last few weeks will make this little run-cation all the more sweeter! I can’t wait to let you all know how the Phoenix Half Marathon goes (first race of the year for me), and fill you in on the other fun parts of the trip: Sweet hotel, pool time, drinkies, lots of good eats, baseball? and who knows what else.

last year's runcation, celebratory drinks

last year’s runcation, celebratory drinks

Actually, who knows what else? Really? We have all been so busy we haven’t planned…ANYTHING…beyond our race. I guess we’ll play it by ear once we get there.

In the meantime, while I daydream and drool over the thought of running in a t-shirt and not freezing my arse off, I am passing the time in the following ways:

• Obsessively googling bridesmaids dress options. I think I have it figured out…
• Equally obsessively tracking my bridal shoes’ arrival date (helloooo, beautifuls)
Badgley Mischka Randall wedding shoes in mint blue
• Agonizing over our ‘final’ wedding guest list. Seriously, this is the toughest part! We want everyone to be there…
• Watching DVDs of the West Wing to distract me from above wedding things.
• Tromping along on my new (to me) treadmill at home!
• Chugging down protein shakes, eating tuna sandwiches, and sleeping.

My legs and body have been getting sore more than usual in the last few weeks, and I’m not sure why. The fact I’m on a diet—maybe I’m not getting enough protein? Not enough sleep? Pushing myself too hard? I’m betting on the protein/sleep combo. For now.

P.S. Is it pathetic that my right arm and left buttocks are super sore from bowling on Saturday? ‘Cause I kinda think it is. But I ran a marathon last year, so it’s cool. Right?

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What should we do in Phoenix, Arizona? Where should we eat & drink?
What’s making me so sore lately—need more cowbell protein?

Things I’m Looking Forward To + Rachel Zoe

Whew! We made it to Thursday, people. It’s been a long week on the work front—lots of hours and last-minute projects. I guess that’s the norm in the marketing & web world, but sometimes it gets a bit draining. Looks like taking some extra time off running this week was good timing, because at least I’m not 110% drained at the end of every day.

On a positive note, lots of good things have been made, and we’re in the process of making so many improvements at work. I will just keep those positive thoughts in mind, keep my nose down to the grindstone, and truck along. That’s how I do.

Speaking [writing?] of making great things, I want to share with you the big project I was working on a few weeks ago: I work at Jockey International, and we’re partnering with stylist & fashion icon Rachel Zoe. Have you heard of her? She’s kind of a big deal. 😉 Anyway, a couple weeks ago we soft-launched our new microsite for new “cheeky” underwear that she promotes—that’s right, NOT granny panties! I put a lot of time, effort, and, umm, possibly some wine into this site. Check it out and let me know what you think of it!

Jockey + Rachel Zoe Microsite

Jockey + Rachel Zoe Microsite

Things I’m looking forward to in the next few days:

• Getting engagement photos back soon.
EEEEEE [<– imagine a high pitched girly noise here] I will fill you in on our amazing wedding photographer & all that jazz once we get the pics! Here’s a sneak peek:

shot by The Salty Peanut Photography

Engagement Photo Sneak Peek

• Chef salads & soup for dinner.
Simple and relatively light. Yum.

• Having a beer with said “light” dinner.
Balanced diet. Er, yeah.

• Staying home this weekend and “winter-izing” our house.
What does one do to “winter-ize”? We just know we need to get our shit together before the snow starts falling, which could literally be any day now. Damn you, Wisconsin. We plan to get our deck cleared off & our garage organized, and then get some major cleaning around the house done. I know, sounds exciting. But I will feel good when it’s done!

Things I’m not looking forward to:

• Avoiding Matt’s sickness the next few days.
The flu/cold has been going around work and now Matt’s been home sick, too. I’m trying to get lots of sleep and have been taking my drug cocktail in hopes of staying healthy. And by drug cocktail, I mean: Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea & Garlic pills. Usually works like a charm!

• Cleaning the garage out this weekend.
I know, I just said I’m looking forward to it above, but there are always so many spiders and bugs and it’s like a dead bug graveyard and ugh. Just not my favorite thing ever.

• Cutting back on sweets again.
I’ve been pretty lax on my diet the last two weeks, with the whole marathon euphoria convincing me I can eat whatever I want. It’s been tasty, but I can feel my jeans snugging back up, so I guess it’s time to get all that sugar back under control!

spoooooky cupcake

buh-bye mr. bat cupcake

• Bundling up.
Brrrr. It was 34 degrees when I left home this morning. I fear fall is on the downswing and winter is coming…

What are you looking forward to this weekend? What do you do to “winterize”? What do you think of our Rachel Zoe website? 🙂

Weekend Review: Wedding Crafts, Good Reads & Football

What a whirlwind weekend! I think I’m still recovering. It was a busy couple of days, and I’m feeling a little run-down. Thankfully, I was able to work from home today to get some extra rest and take it easy. I’m also popping Vitamin C like nobody’s business. I want to make sure I’m at 100% for the marathon on Sunday!

My weekend started out with some wedding craft shopping on Friday night. Matt and I are getting our engagement/save the date photos taken on Thursday evening, and of course I have all sorts of ideas on what to do for them. I got lots of crafty supplies from Hobby Lobby, including some burlap ribbon, save the date numbers, yarn (to wrap the M + A letters in), and more. So fun!

burlap rustic vintage modern wedding craft decorations

Let the wedding crafting begin!

I also finished reading Dan Brown’s new book, Inferno, on Friday night. I’m a big bookworm and love to read, so I was excited when I found out he’d finally written another novel. It was a good book: fast-paced and action-packed with an interesting and historical story line. Every time I picked up the book, I didn’t want to put it down. It sucks you in! The ending didn’t feel 100% tied up to me, but it was still a satisfying read. Now the questions is, what should I read next?

Saturday morning, I got up for my last long run before the Chicago Marathon. It went well, but I was so tired afterwards…an afternoon nap was definitely in order. After a little snoozing, I got down to painting my office. I got three of the four walls covered before I decided to call it a day.

BTW – I decided to go with the “Copen Blue” color! It’s lovely, and I can’t wait until my office is all done. Pictures and more info to come whenever that is… 🙂

Sunday morning started bright and early at 5am. We had tickets to the Packers-Lions football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. I’ve never been to a pro football game, so I was excited!

We didn’t get to Green Bay until only about 90 minutes before kick-off. We parked in a gas station, set up bags boards (aka Cornhole) and poured ourselves some drinks out of the trunk of the car.

Playing Cornhole between cars.

Playing Cornhole between cars.

Nothing like a screwdriver in a red Solo cup, in the Mobil parking lot. Pure class!

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

The game was super fun. We had great seats and the weather was beautiful.

Lions-Packers game at Lambeau field.

Go Lions!

I even got a little sunburn! I’ll take it, for October in Wisconsin.

Matt is a die-hard Lions fan, so it was a bummer that they didn’t win the game, but we all had a blast nonetheless. I decided live football is way more fun than watching it on TV. If only we could go to the game every week, then I just might be able to handle football season. 😉

Read any good books lately? Have you ever gone to a pro football game?

Weekend Fun: Shopping, Art & a Wedding Venue

I noticed that my posts have been pretty focused on running & food lately, so I thought it’d be fun to give you a recap of my weekend since I DO partake in more than just those two things…

On Friday, I got out of work around 1:30 (yay for summer hours) but had to hang around the house for several hours because we had Sears come clean our carpets. Now that we have those cleaned + had our vents cleaned, our new house is smelling nice & fresh! I’ve been waiting for those two things to happen before I unpack my office and make over our two guest rooms, so over the next several weeks (or, probably months) you will get to see some fun progress pictures on those.

I’m almost done making over our upstairs bathroom, so hopefully I can post about that soon! Think tropical beach… 🙂

beachy bathroom decorations

After our cleaning, I went to Marshall’s because a friend tipped me off that they had hydration belts. Who knew they carried sport equipment there?! These normally go for about $50, but I picked one up for $25. Woo.

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And don’t worry, I donated another $50 to Marshall’s via four new neon tanks. So fun! I also browsed the summer dresses, but sadly couldn’t find anything I liked. My wallet secretly rejoiced.

Saturday morning I had my long run, which left me pretty tired out for the rest of the day. I kept trying, but I wasn’t able to take a nap to recharge. Even still, I managed to do a lot. My bro-in-law, Mike, came to visit, because my sister abandoned him for New York for the weekend to see her friend, who BTW just helped launch a new accessories company, Lipstick Rose. Their jewelry is so cute & original!

Of course, the boys went to play golf. After they were done, we all went for a beer & late lunch. I love drinking a cold beer outside on a warm day, don’t you?

In the evening, I went to see a best friend’s art show in a small gallery. Sarah Starling Art is amazing!

I love Sarah’s paintings, they are so full of color, and the texture and touches of metallic paint make them so interesting. Pictures don’t do her art justice, because the textures and light’s reflections on the metallic paints really bring them to life. I was eyeing this one and trying to think of where it could fit in my living room…

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She even sold a painting while we were there. Isn’t it pretty?

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Afterwards, we went with a few of her friends and celebrated with a drink. It was a fun way to spend my Saturday night & I was so happy I finally got to see Sarah. But, I was still dragging from the early morning 12-mile run, so by 11 o’clock I was quite happy to be heading home for bed.

On Sunday, Matt and I went to a wedding location we had scouted out last week. We got to talk to the owner and asked a gazillion questions. Then I took a gazillion+1 pictures.

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The place is rustic and charming, and with all my decorating ideas & craftiness (thanks, Pinterest) I think it will be perfect. We’re soooo excited to say this is where we’ll be married next summer! Cross that off the to-do list. Yay!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything new, fun & exciting?