Friday, November 29, 2013

Day After Thanksgiving

So I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

I am loving the Bitstrips app!  Can you tell? haha

So what did I eat?  Well, since it is just me - I made my own meal the way I want.  I got a box of Turkey from Trader Joes, made some gravy, green beans, and some mashed cauliflower (my fake mashed potatoes).  YUM!

Then I made a crustless pumpkin pie (low carb).  Basically I made it out of a can of pumpkin, very low carb coconut milk, some nectresse (like splenda), pumpkin spice, eggs, and vanilla.  Baked it for 350 degrees for an hour.  It tasted like pumpkin pie but I think next time I'll leave the nectresse out because it had a weird aftertaste but it was still good enough for me to eat the whole thing yesterday (except for one piece I had for breakfast this morning).

Then today I decided to put up my tree.  I love that Christmas time is here! YAY!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

How My Love Affair With Coffee Began

As some of you may or may not know - I am completely obsessed with coffee.

Before coffee, after coffee                                                                   arent we all this way? ;)

Oh yes, that is me.  So when did this obsession begin?  I haven't always loved coffee.  But it all began when I got a 'serious' type of job (i.e. office job lol).  I needed something to sip on when I was at my desk.  I was drinking Mountain Dews and Grape pop (soda for you NorthEasterners) in the beginning.  My office mates taught me to put them in the freezer for a bit to get them slushy.  OMG - heaven!

Mountain Dew Throwback packaging design

But sadly, I'm a freak about getting skinny so I had to cut that stuff out!  So I think I started drinking hot chocolate (ok, not much better in the healthy department but this is what happened lol).

Hot chocolate with marsmellows in a rain day ;)

Then, probably due to the caffeine content being zero in Hot Chocolate, I graduated to International Coffees. 
general foods international coffee
Then to regular coffee with cream and sugar.

in a coffee mood /  I take it with some sugar /  and a little cream

Then I realized this is still too many calories or whatever so I graduated to BLACK.

Well we did say we would try to cut down in the office ....

And here I am.  It has probably been 10 years since I graduated to plain black coffee and I still love it.  One of the greatest inventions of my time is the Keurig.  LOL!  Good coffee all the time!  I do like flavored coffee but will take unflavored too.  It is all good.  Some of my favorite flavors are Candy Cane, Pumpkin, and Gingerbread. 

When I drink that first cup in the morning, this picture is how I feel.  Like I'm in HEAVEN.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Bath & Body Works Gets Me Everytime

Got my online Bath & Body Works order today.  Yes, I over did it but I will use it ALL!

I am completely obsessed with anti-bacterials as you can see.  I also LOVE pumpkin anything and gingerbread and all the other fall/Christmas smells so I went nutso!  But I got great deals on it all so it was worth it.

I bought this lip gloss (Pumpkin lip gloss).  It is like putting pumpkin pie on your lips!  It is AMAZING, people!!!!  I cannot eat pumpkin pie (but will attempt a low carb crustless one Thursday) so this is incredible to get close to that taste through lip gloss!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Twitter and Your Idols Responding or FOLLOWING You Back!

Oh, yes.  That totally happened to me today!  I love it when that happens!

The first time it ever happened - it was Johnathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit (Deadliest Catch fame).  He responded back to me saying Hi or something.

Then came my birthday this year.  @GhostAdventures (one of my favorite shows) said Happy Birthday to me!

Then Captain Wild Bill (of Deadliest Catch fame) RT'd me!

Then just a little while ago Reed Timmer actually FOLLOWED me!  He has like over 100k followers!  I loved him back in the Storm Chasers show days (I think that's what it was called).  I miss that show terribly!  I am obsessed with weather (not as much as him tho lol) so I love following him and other weather people.  I don't know about you guys - but when people I idolize follow/tweet/rt me - it just makes me stinkin' HAPPY! YAY!

Have you guys ever been followed/tweeted/rt'd by someone AWESOME and/or FAMOUS?  Please tell me!  I would love to hear.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Saw Elf the Musical

Before I tell you about Elf the Musical, I have to tell you my latest sign of 'old age' that has happened to me.  I just realized I've been doing it the past couple of days.  I haven't been able to read stuff close and have had to push it farther away to read it!  SAY WHAT!!!!  Yes, this girl probably needs reading glasses.  And of course, I have to google when the standard age of getting reading glasses is - 40 or over.  Am I 40?!!!  NO!  But of course - I get every other sign of 'old age' early so I guess I should have expected it.  I got the grays in my 20s...wrinkles in my early 30s...(and other things)..and now this.  I had to change my Bitstrips Avatar to reflect my soon future self....

Anyways, lets get to the point of this blog post, shall we? lol

So I've never seen the movie nor have I ever been to a play before.  But my friend Trisha asked if I wanted to go and so I said sure!  I was nervous I wouldn't like it because I hate movie musicals.  

But it ended up being great!  It was so cool!  We were like in a balcony area (front row) which is great!  View was great - the singers/actors were incredible singers.  Just the right mix of singing and talking so that was great.  Cute story.  Here's some pics:


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19th Run

So I'm training for the Key West Half Marathon and my training schedule said to do 2 miles today so I went out there and did just that.

I know the chart there says it was 63 and a 17 mph wind but it was very chilly due to the CRAZY wind.  It felt like hurricane force winds.  Never ran in wind like that.  Needless to say, my time was probably not great - especially since I've done a 5k in less time than that haha.  But I did it.

Here's a collage of some pictures.  My hair is a hot mess after that windy run.  

Those were some of the houses I ran near.  McMansions.  For realz.  There is one house in there that was on the market I think for close to $3 million.  In Nebraska.  In the boonies!  Maybe its Warren Buffet's house.  Who knows. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Key West Half Marathon, Random Stuff, and New Shoes!

So last night I was in a #RunChat Twitter Party and won the prize!  I won a free entry into the Key West Half Marathon!  YAY!  Road trip!  I've never been to Florida let alone Key West so this is super duper exciting.  Figure I could run the race and visit my two friends who live in Northern Florida while I'm at it.  Fun fun! 

This morning the maintenance guys came over to replace the furnace filter and while they were here I asked them to light my fireplace pilot and now I got a nice burning fire!  This might be my first time I've had a fireplace with a fire going!  Super cozy.  Can't wait till I get my Christmas tree up!

Then I decided to watch a little Super Soul Sunday (i.e. Oprah).  Found this to be a nice quote.

Then UPS stopped by!  Always love them...and Fed Ex.  I got my free Salomon trail running shoes to try out! YAY!  I gotta figure out the laces because they aren't real laces.  Running shoes are getting so futuristic.  Marty McFly, anyone?  haha  So anyways - I can't wait to test them out and let you guys know all about them!   Time to start training for my half marathon!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Kate Middleton - Gray Hair

So I don't know if you guys saw the latest news on Kate Middleton but I guess there were some pics taken of her with her gray hair.

Needless to say, I was shocked!  I had no idea she had gray!  I feel some sort of bond now because I have a lot of grays myself.  I've had them since my 20s but they seem to have gotten progressively worse the last year or so.  I have to now go to the salon every 3 weeks to cover those suckers up!

For some reason it makes me feel better that I'm not alone out there.  I'm 36 and a lot of people don't have gray at my age so this makes me feel somewhat better to know I'm not alone.

What about you guys?  Do you have grays???  How often do you dye your hair? 

By the way, I hit up Target this morning for some pepperonis for the recipe I mentioned HERE.  Oh, but did I just buy pepperonis?  Heck no!  Target sucked me in once again.  $114 later...

I bought FOUR cds (among other things).  Like who does that?  This Target. 

Does Target suck you in?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pepperoni Chips!

I can have chips again!!!! Yay!!!!   Pepperoni Chips!!  Zero carbs and perfect as a crunchy snack or use with a dip. LOVE! Wonder if this will work with other deli meats?
I totally found this recipe on Pinterest.  I'm so excited!  As you may or may not know, I limit my carbs or even eliminate them at times.  But I miss chips and stuff.  I guess I could eat pork rinds but that gets old.  Anyways, this blog, Happy Texans, has a recipe for these chips HERE.

Basically, you shove them in the microwave for a minute or so, let them cool, and they'll instantly become crispy...or so they say.  I'm going tomorrow to buy some so I'll test them out then. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Got My #RoseVoxBox from @InfluensterVox!

So excited!  Here is what was in my box:

The contents are:
  • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara
  • Dr. Scholls For Her Cozy Cushions
  • belVita crunchy Breakfast Biscuits
  • Kiss Gradation Polishes
  • Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles
I've tried the truffle and one cookie so far and they are both TO DIE for!!!

Will blog again on my thoughts on all the items at a later date.  So fun!

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