Sunday, July 31, 2011

Working on Our Fitness

We took the plung and ordered an elliptical!
Geo and I have been talking about getting an elliptical for a few months now.  After lots of research, we decided on the PrForm Adjustable Stride Elliptical...

It had rear-drive, which offers a more natural stride and has less electronic components to potentially break. There are 3 levels you can set the stride to, allowing you the ability to focus on different target muscles. You can also use the iFit cards to get a custom workout, which is a nice plus. 

I am so excited to have the option of working out in the privacy of our home.

We ordered it from with free shipping and handling.  We were tempted to get it from the store but HSN had better warranties.

Yay for getting healthy... again :)

I will let you know how it goes!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I Am 29.

I turned 29 this month.

It is almost surreal! 

I keep thinking about my early and mid-twenties.  In my early twenties, I fell in love for the first time. It was hardcore, crazy-stalker love.  When the love was gone, I was devastated. 

But I was 21.

So I did what any single, 21 year old would do: I took it to the bars!

I moved from the peaceful suburbs to the city.  Dated like it was my job.  I was careless and fun and confident. Not reckless: I paid my bills and went to work but not playing-it-safe either. 

It was me, my friends, cute boys, cocktails and dancing.  Every weekend. Every year.  For 2 years.
So 104 weekends of living it up to the max.  And the weekends started on Thursdays in college.  So that is 312 nights of partying.

I am exhausted just thinking about it!

At 23, I met Geo.  I was ready to calm down and he was ready to break out of his video-game-focused life.

I wanted to show him the world and he wanted to give it to me.

A year later, we moved in together. 

For the next 3 years, we bounced around to different apartments but settled into our routine.  Had our ups and downs and ups.  It was bliss!

We got engaged when I was 26, almost 27.

I panicked.  I had always worried about divorce and  not making it as a couple/family but getting engaged took my natural-panicfilled-life to the next level.  I went nuts. I got better.  We moved forward.

We got married when I was 27, almost 28.

Our first year of marriage was wonderful!  I can write that in past-tense because we are techinically on our second year :)

It's so interesting to see my twenties come to a close.  I'm not sad or scared about getting older... I'm more interested in seeing what curves and turns and twists are ahead.

Thought I am still dipping my toes into 29, I am excited to see what will have this last year for my twenties.  It was a deadline for many big events (married by 29, have a baby by 29, go to Europe by 29) but now that it is here, I see it as a "goal line" and less definate.

How are all of you with aging?  Do you take it in stride?  Do you get a little freaky when big events take place?  Tell me I am not the only one!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


So I have spent the last... oh, 4 months, gawking at all the beautiful inspiration on Pintrest.

Last week, I decided it was time to participate.

Honestly, I don't have much yet.  Even more honestly, I don't know how people fine SO MUCH STUFF!

And I am kind of a blog slut.  I blog around. I blog and tell.

So if I think I am bad, there must be some real blog ho-s out there :) 

But come visit me and see what I am liking -

Hope you are enjoying your Wednesday!  George is FINALLY coming home and I couldn't be more grateful.  With the week I had, all I want is him.

Tomorrow is our Friday then we are off to Toronto!  Go Yankees :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

While George is Away...

First, let me say WELCOME new followers!  I have no idea where you came from but I am thrilled to see you hear.  We are going to be the bestest of blog-land friends :)

So, as a refresher, when my husband is away on business, I love to do little projects and surprise him when he gets home.

Some bigger... like painting the entire bathroom, mounting the cabinet, bringing out our new towels from the registry.

And selecting and laying a new laminate floor in the bathroom....

And smaller projects, like hanging photographs of the sand dune from our mini-moon in Cape Cod/Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard....

And getting a new duvet cover for our bed (which, still need so much more help)

So what was up my sleeve this time? 

I'm painting.  Again!  But because of my little episode on Thursday, I thought it might be safer to hire out; aka, pay my brother and his buddy.

Yep, you can't tell a darn difference between these pictures.  But it was a tan with a strong tint of pink.  Ew.

So we went with a cool, grey-green.  I promise to get you a better pic when there is sunlight!

I had wanted to take off the doors from the one large cabinet in our kitchen, paint and style the shelving, in attempt to make the kitchen feel more open.  But that will have to wait till he gets home.

What projects have you been working on lately?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen inspiration from Honey We're Home...




And do-able.  We have been slowly updating our kitchen to make it more modern and open.  But since this is not our forever-house, we do not want to break our backs (or wallets) for this.

We painted the kitchen a light grey and gave all the trim a fresh coat of glossy white.

Now maybe update the lighting, the countertop (paint??) and I really want to remove the cabinet doors from our one, large cabinet.

But since I am under-the-weather, for now I will just keep swooning... le sigh.

On Not Feeling Well

When I was younger, my mom fought with me all the time about going to school when I was not feeling well.
She thought I was faking. 

Yes, if I had a fever or was tossing-my-cookies (anyone use that expression???), she would keep me home, no questions asked.

However, now it's been 11 years since high school and my mom finally realizes that I just never feel well.

It's true.

I have a sensitive stomach and I tend to push it to the limits. I know many of my triggers: I have not had citrus fruit or juice in at least 7 years.  But there are just somethings I love and can't part with completely: some bread and pasta.  And then there are things that I am okay with one day and being tortured by on another: steak, bread, eggs.

I would rather take a Tums or a Pepto when I need it instead of a daily medication.  But my stomach being "off" is always a battle.

I am also the only adult I know that gets ear infections CONSTANTLY.  The norm is about 3 or 4 a year. Some times it's a full-blow ear infection.  Other times it's fluid that is throwing me off balance.

I am also super sensitive to medication.   I tend to react in some way to everything, just like my Grandma... who has the same stomach issues as me, we call it the "Alexander Gut".

So where is this coming from you ask?

Well I fainted at work on Thursday.  Yep.  I felt off in my office.  Went into my co-workers office, knowing something was wrong.  And I don't remember much after that other than the EMTs getting there and taking my stats.

After being taken away by the ambulance and spending 8 hours in the ER, it appears vertigo and inner ear issues are the culprit.

I am taking it easy this weekend but I am MORTIFIED to go back to work on Monday.  I'm so embarrassed. And it seems like it's always something with me.

Hopefully this will be the last of my issues for a while. 

Praying this will be the last of my issues for a while.

Hope everyone is having a better weekend than me!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Favorite Things: Helpful Apps

To help me/us with our "chores", I download HomeRoutines...

For $2.99, this little lifesaver breaks the house into zones that you can add or subtract areas to suit your needs.  Then it gives you a list of what to do/clean in each zone. 

Then you can select if you want to clean on a rotating zone schedule daily, weekly or monthly.  And it reminds you what to do in the morning and again at night.


Another favorite: Fooducate!

You scan the bar-code of your food products the see how it ranks healthwise.

Last but not least, the Good Housekeeping @Home app...

It gives you tips on removing stains, cleaning various surfaces throughout the house, decorating inspiration ideas and news and tips.  So many good things in one spot!

How about you?  What are your favorite useful apps?


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Candice Olson Always Gets it Right

Yep.  Perfection.

Muted without being totally shabby-chic.  le sigh...