...Just Another Manic Monday...

2.28.2011

At this moment, there are SO many random things popping up that I could blog about, that I don't even know where to start!
  • There are only 2 regular season games left in this college basketball season {tear}
  • We are officially going to Chicago in June!!! 
  • I'm seriously starting to put money aside just for Michigan Avenue 
  • We finally bought our own lawn mower and weed eater after borrowing hubby's parents for almost a year
  • I have finally stepped out of my John Grisham box and just finished "Heart of the Matter" by Emily Giffin. I liked it and hated it at the same time. It made me so thankful for the man of God I have in my life
  • It has been insanely warm the past couple of days and it's kinda weirding me out only because it's February
  • With that said, I am very much ready for spring and to start planting things
  • I got my first speeding ticket a couple of weeks ago and that pretty much sucked. 
  • With all of the friends that we have getting married this year, it makes me want to plan my wedding again. Same guy, maybe a different dress, for sure a different photographer, etc.
That's it for now! Happy Monday!

Random Because I Have Nothing Else...

2.23.2011

February has been an unkind in my blogging world! It’s definitely not a lack of desire, more just a lack of time and clever things to write about.

So here we are with only 5 days left in the month and this is my 6th post! Crazy is what that is. It’s been a good month though. We got furniture...


...had friends over the super bowl...




...and celebrated some dear friends’ engagement!


AND I’m finally starting to feel like I know what I’m doing at work…at times. It’s such a learning process which I struggle with because I hate messing up. I don’t consider myself a perfectionist, but I do not like disappointing people at all. But I’m getting there.

We’ve started doing some minor work on our awful yard. It’s not even starting at square one. It’s negative square 50 {yes, I realize that’s not real, but you get my point}. I’m hoping to actually grow grass instead of weeds this year and I’m really looking forward to planting some flowers and just making it look nicer. And I know that slowly and surely, it’ll happen and come together.

I am 2 and half weeks away from running in my first 8K, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little worried! I don’t think I’ll be able to run the entire thing, but I’m pretty hopeful that I won’t embarrass myself either. I invested in a great pair of running shoes Fleet Feet and I love these shoes.

Seriously. Love.

via {here}

I followed their advice and got inserts and it was totally worth it. They make all the difference and my knees and shins thank me for it. I'll be sure to let you know how the 8K goes...please say a prayer :) 

And finally, I am so thankful that spring is on it's way. I'm not ready for summer, but ready to have windows opened, flowers, and temperatures that rise above 35. But I'm sure it'll be here before I can blink!

Enjoy the rest of your week and please share a random thought with me!

{Hair} Product Review

2.16.2011

The Lord blessed me with many things, but the ability to do my own hair was something He skipped over.

And I'm okay with that.

Truly I am. It's just a tad frustrating at times considering the type of hair I have. It's thick and crazy. But only when I'm in control. When I am getting it trimmed or cut, it behaves {could be the person handling it}, but once the responsibility is turned back over to me, frizz alert!

I shouldn't complain because when it wants to behave, it curls beautifully or obeys the straightener. However, my hair has a mind of it's own and I feel as though I've tried everything...

...until today. Yesterday I went downstairs to the Aveda salon that's in our building and bought two products from their Smooth Infusion line and I am converted. I mean, I have always loved Aveda products {just not the price tag attached to it}, but I will most definitely be buying this stuff again.

via here
I am not made of money, so no, I did not buy everything pictured above. I bought the shampoo and the "Glossing Straightener" and it was well worth it. It smells clean and my hair didn't get frizzy or flat. I've used other straightening products that absolutely weigh my hair down and that drives me crazy. This was the perfect balance of what I needed and wanted without stepping into the "too much" category. 

Now, I'm not saying this will work for everyone that has thick, curly/wavy hair, but it certainly got my stamp of approval! 


{This is my opinion that I decided to share on my own; I was not compensated in anyway}

My Lifelong Valentine

2.15.2011

I have no idea why I look ill in this picture....
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

I sure did. I personally think that the whole thing is overrated, but it's still nice to come home from being out of town to this on the table. I am a lucky lady.


Battle of the Blues, Round 1

2.10.2011

Tobacco Road. Battle of the Blues. 8 miles apart. An infamous rivalry with even more infamous games. Coaches, players, fans and "fans" can say "it's just another game" until their blue {pick your shade} in the face. And to a degree, it is. Last night did not mark the seasons end for either team. But in the state of North Carolina and the miles that separate these two powerhouses, it will always be be something more than "just another game".
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There are many phrases, words and emotions that come to mind when I think about the rivalry that is Carolina and Duke. For 2 hours, at least twice a year, the rest of my world fades away. There are moments where I forget to breathe and lose myself in this insanity. I scream and make incoherent sounds while startling both my dogs and husband. All the while going back and forth on what I believe the outcome will be. I no doubt am always hopeful for a Tar Heel win, but being hopeful doesn’t always translate into victory. Especially when there are games like last night…

8-0. 

That was the score until the 17:10 mark of the first half. There was handful of seconds where my heart stopped as I waited for the Duke run to ensue…it never happened. Carolina was up by as much as 16 at one point and went into halftime up by 14. The Tar Heels shot almost 48% for the half and pulled down 27 rebounds {versus Duke’s 33% and 18}.

Comfortable.

That’s what they became from the start of the 2nd. All the shots and passes that had so effortlessly gone our way in the beginning, were now going the other way. Carolina was outscored by 20 points in the 2nd half. And Duke fans and Carolina haters alike can thank Nolan Smith and Seth Curry, who combined, scored 40 of the 50 Blue Devil 2nd half points.

Disheartening.

That’s what a loss is. No matter the opponent. No matter the margin. Anytime there is an ‘L’ instead of a ‘W’, it’s tough. With that said, the 5 guys clad in the lighter blue were incredible last night. Cameron Indoor is intimidating, small and viciously loud. And when ridiculous, I repeat, ridiculous looking people are screaming and jumping in such a manner that leads you to believe they're either being paid to act like that{hmm?}or they've lost their minds, it can make the even the biggest of big men want to climb back on the bus. So when the opposing team’s starting line up boasts of 2 freshmen, one of which publicly dissed chose Carolina over Duke, you have to wonder how much the pressure and volume would affect them. But the Tar Heels {both young and old} showed incredible poise and strength last night, and I believe that is something that they can be proud of. I’m certainly not trying to slide this into the “moral victory” column because like Coach Williams said,

"I don't want to hear anything about moral victories. We had them. We let them get away. I don't want to hear any of that moral victory stuff."

And John Henson,

"I don't put much value in a good effort. We have to win. We don't want to take any kind of moral victory. We're supposed to win that."

I couldn’t agree more. A loss is a loss, and that is a tough pill to swollow when the loss is delivered in Durham. However, the best thing about this rivalry is that it’s never one and done {which is what many of Duke’s trip to the basket were last night}. On March 5th, the same Blue Devils will step inside the Dean E. Smith Center and face a Tar Heel squad that will be very much the same, but something will be different.

They'll be ready.

"That's the reason they call it the rivalry. It's a four-times-in-a-lifetime experience to play here. Once a year, you're going to play in Cameron. And once you do it one time, you know what you have to bring to the table in terms of mental capacity to do it. Now we know."--Kendall Marshall

So It Continues...

2.09.2011




By the numbers:
*8 miles apart.
*9 NCAA titles between them, 4 in the past decade

*Carolina holds a 130-99 edge in the all-time series.
*Duke has won two in a row (both last season) after Carolina won six of seven prior to last year. 


9:00 tonight, the greatest rivalry in college basketball {and in all of sports in my personal opinion} continues...

A Jump Start to my Bloggers Block

2.06.2011

There are several posts that I want to write, but for some reason I just can't get my mind where it needs to be in order to do it.

One post that I'll eventually get around to is on sacrifice. It's been on my heart a lot lately and I think that no matter what stage of life you're in, there are sacrifices you have to make.

"What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ"--Philippians 3:8

But like I said, I need to have my thoughts in order for that post to be what it should. God has been revealing a lot to me that I need to work on and one of them is appreciating the sacrifices I've made as the years have passed in my life. And like Pastor said this morning, they're going to be uncomfortable and difficult, but that's the way it should be.

On another, completely unrelated note, the North Carolina Tar Heels are doing spectacular. They are currently tied for first in the ACC with a conference record of 7-1.  There was a minor speed bump on Friday with the unexpected announcement that Larry Drew {back up point guard} had left. Now, I understand players have to do what is best for them and their family, but when a junior has to have his father call the coach in order to do it, I have zero respect for that "player". And what's more ridiculous is the whole timing of it. He gains nothing by leaving at this point. It was selfish move that could have potentially put his team in a sticky situation. But today, the Heels proved that they'll be just fine without him. They shot 56% for the game and Kendall Marshall had a record setting 16 assists by a UNC player in any ACC game. Peace out Larry Drew...you will not be missed.

Wednesday night, the Tar Heels will face Duke for the first time this season.

And at this point...I'm feelin' pretty good about.

 
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