Week 2 Goals


As you may remember from this post, I have started trying to reorganize and define my workout goals. Week 1 didn't go as well as I had hoped, but I'm not going to get discouraged, and plan on knocking this week out! So here are the goals for Week 2:

Week 2 Goals (Monday January 31st – Sunday February 6th)
  • Do “Shred It”  Wednesday & Friday morning
  • Be mindful of sweets/over indulgences
  • Gym Tuesday & Thursday morning; run 2 miles consecutively AT LEAST 1 morning{might not sound like much to some of you, but I get bored and so this is a challenge}
  • Saturday; Shred It...Sunday; gym
I've decided to do an 8K in March so the whole running thing really has to get going! So wish me luck this 2nd week.

And let me know if you'd be interested in running the 8K with me!

Day 17 & 18


too sweet for words

winter and i are not on speaking terms. i'm ready to wear this dress!

Day 13-16 aka Dog Days


{Be prepared for lots of dog pictures!}
What can I say? We're kinda fond of our pups!

An Update and Confession

Update: Jillian Michaels can kick your butt even via DVD. Seriously. I've done 1 workout from Level 1 and I am so stinkin sore.

Because of that, I am fairly certain I would cry if I ever had to workout with her face to face.

Confession: I didn't make it to the gym this morning.

I know, I know! First week of goals and already missing a day. The first day! But I know I'll get my lazy butt outta bed in the morning because I want to{that's what I'm supposed to say right??}.

Wish me luck.

Thoughts to Kick Off the Week


  1. We have recently purchased the first 3 seasons of Boy Meets World and I have to say, that it's possible that I love it more than I did as a kid
  2.  In other recent purchases, we finally took the plunge and invested in some new living room furniture. It was so wonderful not having to purchase any right away, but it was time to move on from the hand-me-downs
  3. As you may have noticed, I've started the "365 Project" and it is way harder than I thought. I keep telling myself once it's lighter longer and warms up, I'll have more subjects {if you will}. But if I'm being honest, this is harder than I thought it would be
  4. Hubby & I have also started the task of reading the entire Bible in a year. Much more of a challenge than it should be, but I'm loving it. 
  5. I've recently become engrossed in John Grisham novels. Seriously, they're awesome. 
  6. We have more weddings, trips and babies {not ours} happening and arriving in 2011 than any other year I can remember. I'm pretty pumped about all of those things
  7. Is it weird that I still miss my Christmas decorations?
  8. I'm trying to up my dress quota, and I think I'm doing a pretty good job. I just got this dress for summer and I am pumped

Happy Monday!
      p.s. you have no idea how hard it is for me to end this list at #8 and not go to #10, but surprisingly enough, that pretty much covers all my randomness. Imagine that

      A Change

      Though there are many significant and non superficial things I need to change, the change that I'm referring to is my workout regime.

      Or in my case, a lack there of.

      I was doing great for a while. And then the month of December happened and everything got out of whack. And since then I've been lucky if I've gone once or twice a week. And that is just unacceptable. So after finding Katie's blog, I realized part of my problem is not sitting down and recognizing goals that I can give myself each week.

      I'm not talking about weight goals. And really the only numbers that are in my goals are the amount of miles I hope to run each week and the amount of days I want to get to the gym.

      Another part of the problem is the mental obstacle I've set with the words "have/need" to go workout as opposed to wanting to go to the gym. I always enjoy my workouts once I get up and go, it's just the getting up part that is the hardest.  I've also decided to give myself set days during the week for my early morning workouts {3} and the other 2 days, I'm going to be doing Jillian Michaels dvd. "30 Day Shred".

      So, with that said, here are my week 1 goals:

      Week 1 Goals (Monday January 24th – Sunday January 30th)
      • Get to the gym Tuesday-Thursday mornings this week.  Not only do I want to get back into a workout routine, I need to workout in the morning or it will not happen at all.
      • Limit sweets to one per day (only after dinner?)
      • Do “Shred It” Monday & Friday
      • Only 2 sodas for the week
      And with that out there, I ask my readers {all 2 of you} to hold me accountable. I'll definitely need some words of encouragement and inquiries that will result in me assuring you that I've followed this weeks goals. I'm feeling confident, but also a little worried that this dvd could kick my butt.

      I'll keep you posted!

      Day 11 & 12


      Eventually I'll be able to take pictures of things that are actually alive...

      Day 8, 9 aaaand 10


      I'm a little behind...

      a great reminder that resides on our mantle

      she always has to see what's going on

      ready for longer days
      ...but I'll get back on schedule.

      55 & Still Going Strong


      After the debacle that was Georgia Tech, I was a little apprehensive as to how the next game would go. What made the apprehension grow was the simple fact that it was against Clemson. At home. Where the Tar Heels had never lost.

      54 games straight where the Clemson Tigers had go home knowing that there would be an 'L' on the schedule next to "at North Carolina"

      But this year was different. Clemson had won 8 games in row coming into the Dean Dome on Tuesday night and Carolina was having a rough season so far to say the least.  It was not a given for either team. Carolina had history on it's side. But history is not always enough.

      Now, I realize that in every game of every sport the goal is the same; to win. But this game is different. When a streak is on the line, everything is magnified. Clemson coaches are in the locker room saying the same thing as Coach Roy and company: we HAVE to win. Both teams have something to prove. Clemson wants to prove that they can actually win in Chapel Hill and that they don't fall apart at the start of conference play. Carolina needs to prove that the 2010-2011 season is not a duplicate of the one that came before it. And that the poorly played game just 2 nights before does not dictate what will happen on the hardwoods that night.

      So needless to say, emotions were high. And injuries added to those emotions. Clemson lost one of their top players early in the first, while Justin Watts sprained his ankle with about 2 minutes left in the game. Leslie McDonald {aka the "next Danny Green"}, the Tar Heel's top scoring reserve, was out for the game as a precaution with a back contusion that he suffered during the aforementioned debacle. But regardless of the unexpected, Carolina came out on top with a final score of 75-65 and the streak continued.

      {This article is a great one with some true emotion attached to it.}

      love to see defense being played

      Larry Drew

      Dexter Strickland

      Day 6 & Day 7


      Our weekend was filled with cute kids...I took advantage.

      And Then Last Night...

      2-0 in the league is how the Tar Heels started the game against Georgia Tech last night.

      2-1 is how they left.

      It was an ugly game from start to finish. And not that the first 2 wins in the conference were pretty by any means, but at least the result was a winning one. And this team just makes me scratch my head. Just like last season, there are those moments where everything comes together and the season is starting to look up.

      And then last night happens and that all goes down the drain.  And it's not like there is just one thing that could fix these games. It's a culmination of bad passes, poorly executed shots and dismal defense. But again, there are seconds, minutes and sometimes entire halves where all of the aforementioned is perfect and I remember what Carolina basketball is all about.

      And then last night happens.

      The most frustrating is that you know the talent is there. We have a player that was voted as the first freshman {so clearly it was earned} preseason All American and a player that was a member of the 2009 championship team.  Talent is not the issue. The issue is getting the talent to play together and to their potential.

      There is  still a lot of time left in this season and I have to hope that last night was as bad as it's going to get...

      "At halftime usually there is something that we change to get better and tonight we made those changes and we didn’t come out with the enthusiasm and intensity that we needed,”-- Tyler Zeller 

      Day 5


      “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” 
      --Roger Caras

      Day 4...Joy is not an emotion...it is a way of life


      "You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound."-Psalm 4:7

      Two kinds of joy are contrasted here-inward joy that comes from knowing and trusting God and happiness that comes as a result of pleasant circumstances. Inward joy is steady as long as we trust God; happiness is unpredictable. Inward joy defeats discouragement; happiness covers it up. Inward joy is lasting; happiness is temporary." Life Application Study Bible, NIV

      Day 2 & 3


      As I mentioned in the previous post, I have started the 365  Project. And on Day 3, I can already say with confidence this is going to be harder than I thought! Part of that is because I don't get home until dark and the other part is that it's still too cold to take pictures during the day.

      But I'm hoping next week I can take the camera uptown and get some shots. We'll see.

      So without further adieu, here is Day 2 and 3

      Anyone else out there brave enough to take on this challenge?

      It's not for the weak at heart!

      Project 365

      So ever since getting our sweet Nikon last Christmas, one could say I've become a bit obsessive adamant about taking pictures.

      And by adamant, I believe the word paparazzi has been used a handful of times. But I have no apologies. I like documentation. I LOVE looking at pictures that have taken place of the course of the year and reminisce for a brief amount of time.

      With that said, I am jumping on the bandwagon of "365 Project". And with THAT said, I will go ahead and warn you guys that some of these pictures will just be a desperate attempt to actually do a photo a day. I probably should have started this at the beginning of the month, but honestly, I didn't know about it. However, I am ready to take this challenge head on {because that's what it will be a lot of the time} and see how creative I can be and how I can grow as a closet photographer.

      Wish me luck because here goes nothing!



      Social networking is a funny thing. Much of the time it can be abused or people can put way too much information out there. I cannot tell you how insane I find it that people will put every detail of their lives on their Facebook status or on Twitter.

      But hey, to each their own.

      Now, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with either one of those sites or with social networking {hello, you're reading my blog}. I, in fact, have accounts with both Facebook and Twitter. It's a great way to keep up with people or teams or anything your heart desires. But this post is not about anything negative with those sites. No, this post is about how sometimes those sites can actually be a source of encouragement {when used the right way of course}.  This morning I got onto Facebook and had a message for someone that I worked with for a handful of months during my tenure at App State. I don't know the last time I spoke to her, but it didn't matter. She had seen that I posted a link to my blog and she checked it out. And in her message she said this;

      "I know we only worked together for a few months, but I just felt like telling you after reading through a lot of your blog posts this morning that you really are an inspiring person! I found myself just smiling reading through the blog, thinking about your amazing relationship with God, and how you just seem to live everyday to the fullest! I know it may sound so corny and like I said, I know we don't know each other that well, but I think one day you might find yourself being a motivational speaker! Your stories and out-looks on life make people like me feel happy! :)"

      Y'all have no idea how much that meant to me. I look at some of these blogs and see their multitude of followers or the fact that just one of their posts have over 300 comments and I wonder if I should even keep it going.

      And then I get a message like that.

      I love this blog. I love writing and  telling you guys about my life...no matter how boring it may be! I recognize daily how incredibly blessed I am. {The next little bit may seem off topic, but I get back to it I promise} On Sunday, hubby and I listened to a sermon from a couple of weeks ago and Pastor Livingston started out with the verse Matthew 2:13-23 and after he finished reading he said this;

      "God can do anything, but He didn't get rid of Harrod"

      That stuck with me in ways I never thought 11 words could. Life is hard sometimes. And if I'm being honest, sometimes it sucks. But all God asks of us is to trust Him. So I do {or at least try} and in the process of trials, I share. I know that there are people that read my blog so if our family is going through something, then this is a great way for people to know to pray for us. That sermon was from January 2nd and if you're going through something or not, it is a great word and reminder and I highly recommend it.

      So for those that read, thank you for reading. And above all, I hope that my words can bring a chuckle or at least provide a little bit of encouragement. I know the ones I read sure do. I only hope that I can provide the same.

      Snow Day!

      I am pretty certain that no matter how old I get, having a snow day is something that will never get old. The weather folks have been screaming about a "winter storm" for a few days now and around 3:30am it came true. When my alarm went off this {monday} morning, I leaned over and peeked out the blinds and was greeted with a winter wonderland! And to top it off, after coming back in from taking the pups out, I had a voice mail letting me know that my office was closed for the day.

      Oh, happy day indeed!

      Needless to say, we all curled back up in the bed for about another hour and a half. It was more or less the perfect way to start off Monday morning.

      Around 8, I got out of bed and "started" my day. And by started, I mean I moved from the bed to the couch. Shortly after that when hubby got out of bed, I made biscuits and turkey sausage and wrapped up in a blanket to keep watching the snow. Then we finally bundled up again and took the dogs out. It is hysterical to watch them play in the snow. You wouldn't think that 2 dogs that have grown up in this southern climate for their entire lives would like cold, wet snow...but they do!
      gah...how can you not love that face??

      chasing each other
      Once they were worn out and we were wet and cold, we came back inside, got a fire going and got myself a mug of hot cocoa and my book.

      In other words, perfection ensued once we got back inside.
      please excuse the pale skin and the lack of makeup

      Rest of the day; just as lazy as the start of it. And I loved it.

      Here's to hoping Tuesday can be identical...I'm not holding my breath though.

      First Full Post of 2011


      2011 has started out wonderfully! We had a very low key New Years eve because of the awesome cold that we both had. But it was nice to just relax and of course partake in the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block performance.

      Okay. I mean no offense for this, but really? At some point those guys need to just let it go.

      On January 2nd, we headed up to Chapel Hill to enjoy the first game of 2011. We had lunch with the Briley's in Durham and that was an ideal start to what would be a great day.

      After lunch, we headed to Franklin Street for a little shopping with the newly engaged couple that is Chris and Kristen.

      It was great to see them and talk about they're forthcoming nuptials. I also finally got a new hoodie and few other things that I may or may not have needed. About a hour before tip off we made our way out of the rain and into the Dean E. Smith center. There is just something that happens to my heart when I walk into that building. I'm not going to even attempt to explain it because I will sound more than slightly insane. We got there with plenty of time to see warm ups and shoot around.

      Once the game started, it was pretty obvious that the Tar Heels were going to win easily, so we could just sit back and enjoy.

      That right there is a beautiful sight.  Once the game was over and pretty much everyone had cleared out, I insisted on getting a couple of pictures!

      It was a great game and an even better way to kick off 2011!

      And I know I've been super slack with my posts {and I guess this is a good time NOT to have a lot of readers and followers}, but I'm certainly going to try to get back into the habit!

      Until next time, enjoy!

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