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Currently: December

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Seen by KIXX. Gloves "To protect and impress" #gloves #garden #tuinhandschoenen https://www.facebook.com/kixxsafety



Woohooo!!! It's finally Christmas time and I am excited this year mostly because I don't really stress over any of it anymore. I mean shit, I only have one of my trees up so far and I don't even care lol. I am finally at a place in my life where I know that no matter how much you worry about everything being perfect it all turns out fine either way. That has pretty much been my December attitude the last few years and it is 100% accurate and liberating. So don't stress, don't kill yourself to find the unattainable gift, make 1000 cookies, freak out about an outfit for a party or accept every invitation that comes your way because you feel obliged. Just enjoy, and make sure you have Amazon Prime... that helps tremendously.

Linking up with Anne and Catherine for Currently...

LIGHTING

Well let's go with the literal sense here. Since my next immediate goal over the holidays is to strip my kitchen wallpaper and repaint I am going to need a new light fixture over my kitchen table. I am thinking something like this one from West Elm.. I have always loved the Capiz shell chandeliers and I want to trade up to a rectangular table and ditch my old round so this would be perfection. They have crazy good sales too so I am sure I snag it at a good discount!

Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Chandelier - White


SPENDING

Money on myself. In many ways I have had a really good year. Aaaand.... December has 3 paydays... is anyone else irrationally excited about that? I know, it's not such a big deal but around the holidays it's kinda nice. So I splurged a little and got some black Friday thangs just for me like these  Moto Faux Leather Leggings from Spanx. Pricey but omg... they fit like a glove and suck in all the right stuff.

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CHOOSING

To do something different this year. In the past I have always looked at December as sort of a food and drink free for all because by the end of the year I am pretty off the rails and lacking focus anyway. Except this year I had sort of a come to Jesus moment in November... various reasons but the kind that makes you stop and think ...holy crap, life is fleeting. So I thought let's not do that this year, let's plan to be mindful say 85% of the time and enjoy reasonably at holiday parties etc. So I am doing keto with a few carb days until the January Whole30 starts on the first. I am into my second week and I feel great. Down 3 lbs. too. Yay yayyyy! What is it? Basically looks like this if you track your macros...

What is Keto? The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, and very low-carbohydrate diet which transitions (forces) your body to use fat as your primary source of fuel. Ketosis is a state the body enters when it breaks down fat for energy.  The body can effectively use the ketones produced from fats as fuel in place of glucose.   The …

SENDING

Homemade goodies to my family in Michigan and they don't even know it yet. I didn't bake much last year and I don't know that I am even doing a lot this year but I am making Serbian Nut Roll to send home. My Grandmother and all of her sisters used to make it every year so it was a staple on our Christmas dessert table. They are pretty much all gone now and I think I am the only one that has carried on the tradition. It takes a good half a day so it is a labor of love, that I love. I'll save it for my carb days and Christmas morning with coffee.

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SINGING

All the time. Music is always on in my house and TV a lot less often. If you need  to buy someone a really good small speaker that will fill your house with music I recommend the JBL Pulse. The sound is great, it stays charged for hours and the light show has tons of super cool options. There is even an app so you can control it with your phone. If you have more than one you can sync them up for twice the speaker power. Highly recommend, music is life.



Cheers to a fabulous December to remember.


Don't Break The Chain

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
::The Seinfeld Method::Don't Break the Chain::  In an interview fellow comic Brad Isaac shared a secret to productivity shared with him by Jerry Seinfeld.  Jerry told Brad that the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day.  He told Brad to get a big wall calendar - one with a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall.  The next step was to get a big red magic marker and place a big red X over each day where you've completed your writing task.  After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.

We have 34 days left in the year 2017. So, it's time to start thinking about goals right? New year, new you, new challenges and all of that. Maybe you don't want to change your whole entire self but we all have a few things we need to work on, goals we are chasing. Guess what? I suck at sticking with it most of the time. I need lots of tricks, crutches, carrots dangling out in front of my nose. I also need something tangible to look at, it helps me to write things down for example... blogging, my planner, even the short lived bullet journal (way too much work). It also is extremely helpful to me to keep the goals short term. I can't say "I will not eat nachos for the next 365 days" or "this year I will stay off Tinder"... not gonna happen. But I could do either one of those things for maybe a month or a season. That is building momentum toward a bigger goal like eating healthier, focusing on more meaningful relationships or whatever it may be.

So this coming year once again,I am not setting long term goals. Don't get me wrong, they are in my conscious like 24/7 ad nauseum because... Virgo... but I am going even smaller this year. Like one day at a time smaller. I recently stumbled upon something called a Don't Break The Chain Calendar on Instagram. It's actually a method that Jerry Seinfeld came up with to challenge himself to write new material each day. One of the Keto bloggers I follow posted about her year long Keto journey and using this type of calendar to focus on one day of Keto at a time and simply not breaking the chain.

On average it takes 66 days to form a new habit. That will certainly vary based on the person and many other factors. The reality is that it takes more like anywhere from 18 to 254 days for most of us. I know, that's a huge discrepancy and I would be willing to bet you know roughly where you fit on the spectrum. I think I am somewhere around the average area. If I do something for 66 days I typically can keep it going for maybe another 60, then I start to wane and slack off. I don't really know why but it seems to be a pattern. So this year I am going to pick one or two "big ticket items" if you will and just see how long I can go before I break the chain. I haven't decided exactly what they are going to be yet but I am going to start now just for practice with Keto for the next however long I can make it till a holiday party throws egg nog or cookies in my face and I break down. I think there will be something very motivating about just seeing the chain grow.

Free 2017 Don’t Break the Chain Calendar | Motivational Tool Printable | Karen Kavett


Anyone interested in taking a stab at this and keeping each other accountable? 

Thanksgiving Thoughts

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Monday, November 27, 2017
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What a fabulous holiday, I hope you had one too. I haven't been here much lately so I thought I would sit down and try to catch up on some things. I have been feeling blog challenged for quite some time now but I am not quite ready to throw in the towel permanently. Afterall, it's almost Whole30 time and that is worth quite a few really good blog posts, but that's a topic for another day. I'm optimistic.

Thanksgiving was pretty freaking fabulous. My brother and family came down from Michigan last Saturday to spend the week with us. I had 3 adults, 5 kids and 2 dogs in my house this past week. The humans got along just fine. The dogs were a little slower to accept each other but after a few minor scuffles stopped acting a fool and ended up kind of, sort of, maybe liking each other. That was as stressful as having 2 kids that hate each other under the same roof. But any time my family wants to come visit  I say bring me you and whatever comes with. We did some pretty fun stuff this year. We took a trip to the GA Racing Hall of Fame to see where NASCAR got it's start in Dawsonville, GA. Being from Detroit my family has a bit of a love for anything automotive. Who knew stock car racing got its start running moonshine in GA? My son and nephews especially were in hog heaven. But it was cool and we (Me) got some genuine apple pie moonshine as a souvenir. 

We also took a trip to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta which is definitely one of the best interactive museum experiences I have ever had. My 11 year old gal was less than excited to be visiting a football "museum" and ended up having the best time. She sat at the ESPN Game Day desk and read from the prompter, ran for a touchdown pass and attempted a field goal kick. That girl has no fear and no inhibitions... and she likes football. I raised her right. Seriously, if you ever come to Atlanta it is a stop worth making. Aside from learning a lot about the history of the game of college football the whole experience is customized for you  based on the info you enter that is transmitted to the badge you wear around your neck. Every exhibit you come upon welcomes you by name and offers up specific info about your school or team of choice. A++


As for the rest we spent it hanging at home, hitting the park, eating delicious food all over Atlanta, watching football,  cooking together and just basically loving each other up for 5 whole days. My eldest nephew made a special request for me to teach him how to make my Grandma's ( his great grandma's) famous real pumpkin pie. He said "Aunt Amy I think I should know how to make this since it's a family tradition". And then my heart almost overflowed. I hadn't planned on making anything this year but found myself knee deep in pie making with my 15 and 13 year old nephews and happily so. My kids have seen me make these pies every year of their life so they don't think much of it but I am quite sure my Polish Grandma was dancing in heaven watching us all in the kitchen. Making memories.



And then just like that the week was over and everyone was gone. My brother left Friday morning to head back to Michigan, kids went to Dad's, and Olivia headed back to college on Saturday. I get the sads when it's over even though I love a little bit of time with no one else around. It's hard when your house goes from chaos to eerily quiet in a night. Not complaining though. I feel so blessed to have had this time together. I am so very lucky.

In other news... I have other news, for another post provided I can get my crap together and write. I am really struggling lately with what exactly to write about. But, I am not giving up dammit. Trying to get my groove back so please bear with me. 


Much love to all of you...

Happy Thanksgiving

on
Thursday, November 23, 2017
25+ free fall printables » Lolly Jane

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays with your families and friends . 


HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Currently: November

on
Wednesday, November 1, 2017


REALIZING - How fast this year has gone by. It's time to start planning for holiday dinners, Christmas shopping, using up vacation days, preparing for out of town guests... where does the time go?

STIRRING - Well I am not exactly stirring it but someone is... my new favorite thing at Starbucks the Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte. The perfect combo of my 2 favorites.

APPRECIATING - The fact that there have been no major curve balls thrown my way lately. Knock on wood. I think the reality is that I am doing a much better job these days of not freaking out when they come. Things are just plugging along and getting handled.

INVESTIGATING - Where to go in Atlanta for Thanksgiving dinner. My brother and family is coming into town and I am toying with the idea of just going out so as to maximize our time together by not chaining myself to the kitchen for massive shopping, prep and cooking. Anyone else do a restaurant for Turkey day? And why does this make me feel slightly guilty?

FOLLOWING - @resting.bitchface on IG. This account cracks me up if you don't mind slightly offensive humor about having a shit show for a life. If so you will also like @circleofidiots.


Linking up with Anne and Julie for the November edition of currently!



And That's A Wrap On October....

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Hello Fall Fashionistas - https://urbanimagemagazine.com/hello-fall-fashionistas/


Well almost anyway, I realize we have today and tomorrow but still. And I didn't blog at all, wow. So what have I been up to? Hmmm... mostly working, running my kids around, playing tennis and going on bad Tinder dates. Ugh.

Work has been nuts but in a very good way. I am heading off to a conference next weekend for 3 days and I am honestly looking forward to it. A few days networking and socializing plus a cushy resort hotel room all to myself won't be so bad. Unfortunately I will be in the boomtown of Cordele, GA but it'll be pretty anyway.

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All of our fall sports are pretty much officially over and I could not be happier. If you don't have kids you just don't' realize how much of your life you spend chauffeuring them around to games and practices. Happy Lacrosse season is over. My tennis team made it to playoffs and we won our first round over the weekend. Happy I got to play because I will be out for the next 2 rounds if we make it. I said I was taking a break then I joined a women's winter team. I just can't help myself. FOMO

Speaking of that I also vowed to take a concert break to and did not. This month I saw The Allman Bros Band and Lynryd Skynyrd and just last Friday night the Unlikely Candidates and Dirty Heads. If any of you like Sublime or 311 check out Dirty Heads... awesome reggae-ska kind of vibe.


Next month I have tickets to Colter Wall at The Earl, who I am convinced is going to be the next Chris Stapleton. Seriously close your eyes and listen to this guy and tell me how old you think he is. Spoiler alert... 22. I am telling you guys he is Johnny Cash and a bunch of other famous dead outlaw country singers re-incarnated. Creepy AF. I got these tickets for $12 freaking dollars. Hell yeah...




Will also be seeing Blackberry Smoke, one of my all time faves, for their annual GA homecoming day after Thanksgiving gig at The Tabernacle. Because beard.

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So onto all of my Tinder dates. Let's see... there was the guy who said I Love You after the second date. The guy with missing teeth, did not see that coming. The guy who's card got declined... in all fairness I think the magnetic strip was actually cracked... but talk about THE MOST AWKWARD dating moment ever. The guy who was 5'-6", the recovering alcoholic with a 3 year old... umm no way in hell, the chiropractor looking for a lunchtime hook up partner, the high school wrestling coach who texts one word at a time after 3 days, and the list goes on. There is this one guy who I have gone out with twice which in and of itself is shocking. He has a beard and lots of tattoos, a great job and owns a super cool loft in a very hip area down town. It has roof top and he plays guitar... sounds perfect right? But I am not sure yet. He's a bit overly romantic for my taste and I find myself wanting to pull a Cher just about every time we talk. I just don't like sap. We'll see...


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I don't even know what else except that I miss being here and writing. Hope all of you lovelies are still hanging in there! My life and schedule seems to have taken a turn toward less time in front of my laptop when I have free time. I'm reading more, dating more, just busier in general  which kind of sucks but I also kind of like it. As the holidays approach is only going to get crazier too. Cheers to that! Happy Monday! 

Catching Up And Slowing Down

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Well not so sure about the slowing down part but I can catch up here anyway. So much for my getting back to blogging after my summer hiatus. Halfway through September already and we are having a spectacular fall in the South. Except for the tropical storms that is but, we made it through pretty much unscathed just a big mess to clean up in the yard thankfully. My heart goes out to all of our brothers and sisters in the South and everywhere who were hit hard.

Football and fall sports are in full swing, the kids are about to have fall break, I have chrysanthemums and all things pumpkin are filling the store shelves... I'm pretty much white girl wasted on life over here. As soon as the leaves change and the temps drop I'll be in hog heaven!

So my birthday happened earlier this month and this year I finally made the wise choice to plan my own celebration. Well, I actually planned it over a month ago but celebrated the day after the actual day at Gunshow for dinner. They only take reservations 30 days in advance and when the calendar opens up they go like hotcakes! And now I know why. I went with one of my best college gal pals and we had a great evening. I won't bore you with long descriptions of the dishes, the menu changes every night so it would be kind of pointless. It's such a cool concept though, communal tables, each chef cooking their own selection and presenting it to you table side. You have the option to accept or decline each dish as it comes but if you say no you don't get another opportunity. We said yes to pretty much everything except 2 or 3 things. The food  and the vibe were Ah-mazing. I will definitely be going back!


Last weekend was also pretty memorable although somewhat less amazing. Music Midtown was more crowded than I remembered  from years  past which was not really a good thing for me personally. Ugh, I hate crowds oddly enough because I loooove concerts. Somehow I continue to put myself right smack in the middle of them though. For the music, and the music was really, really good. The fashion however was brutal. I saw more ass cheeks and tits hanging out than an internet porn site. I am all for wearing what you want but I am wondering if people, or women really,  actually own mirrors anymore. Based on this weekend I am going to say no. The nude body suit with high waisted shorts is not really a look for everyone. Especially braless, and let me tell you, apparently bras are a thing of the past. Unless you are wearing one as an actual shirt. Not kidding. It was however, some of the best people watching ever as it is every damn year. Oh to be 20 again. But alas I am not. I walked over 5 miles on Saturday and 3.6 on Sunday amongst the crowds of sweaty masses. I can not tell you how happy I was to have taken PTO on Monday so my middle aged ass could recover. I say never again, I am retiring from festivals that last more than a day. But then again, if the lineup was right I could be persuaded. And get me a room at a nice hotel and I am probably, maybe, definitely in. The Glenn Hotel was beautiful and the infamous rooftop bar Skylounge equally impressive. It has been voted one of the top rooftop bars in the world in a couple of magazines. It really was quite spectacular. See up at the top of this post. These weekends in town coupled with spending a lot of work time in town make me think that this is really where I want to be eventually. I am so over the suburbs.



In other news I have been Tindering away, meeting interesting guys that really don't interest me personally but hey, I'm trying. Work is crazy but I love it. My kids are amazing and my dog sleeps a lot as you can see on my IG story. I am still muddling my way thru some sort of ketogenic/paleo/donut eating plan. Kidding... kinda. I committed to 3 mos of keto so I am going to stick it out. I find it very hard to restrict fruits and vegetables though based on their carb content. I've lost like 8 lbs which is pretty crappy but... I like wine, beer and tito's. And it's football season. But really it has been a good experience just to be more acutely aware of carbs and sugar. Yikes, they are insane in some things you wouldn't even think about. Maybe I'll do a post on that, or on keto food. The truth is I think that just being mindful no matter what my specific plan is a good thing for me.

Aaaand..... That's all for now... Happy Weekend

Currently: September

on
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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And you may ask yourself... Well, how did I get here? At least I do just about every time I flip the calendar over to a new month. But this is September, the most wonderful time of the year. It's actually already starting to feel like fall here in GA. We have had some cool temps thanks to all of the hurricanes and I have been loving it. So let's get into what else is up currently...


CELEBRATING

My beautiful daughter made the Equestrian Team at Georgia Southern!!! I am so beyond proud of her and she is super excited. It was not planned at all. She took an all skill levels horseback riding class as an elective just to get some barn time and exercise. Just so happens the equestrian team rides at the same barn and to make a long story short, after seeing her ride and inquiring as to why she was not trying out for the team, they offered her a spot. Of course I said go for it, I'll scrub some extra toilets if I have to! This is a huge opportunity for her as she is studying to be a large animal vet with an equine specialty. How cool is that??


WATCHING

My progress on the scale go up and down like a yo-yo. I know, you are going to say throw the scale out but I want to see how this keto thing is working. I thought it was. I lost 8 lbs then one weekend I gained five, then I lost 6 and the next weekend I gained 4. The long and short of this is that I don't think I really thought this through, researched enough or know what the hell I'm actually doing here. There is a science to it and I am going to need to keep tweaking it a bit to get it to work for me. Everything I have read says you can expect to lose about 12 lbs the first month. Yeah, unless you are me. My gut feeling is that the Whole30 approach is a better fit for me, eliminate dairy and add back fruits and veggies. But I'm gonna stick this out just a bit longer and see.

http://3-week-diet.digimkts.com/This is perhaps the best change I've ever made.Tracy did this and looks great !Who knew that this would be so super!


WELCOMING

All things pumpkin spice. I mean, I'm not gonna lie... I am one of those weirdos who loves the stuff and if it has pumpkin spice on the label my FOMO does not allow me to pass it up. Like what if it is really good and it sells out before I can try it??? Looks like a few doozies out there this year...


Holy Hell yes, 1000 times yes...

nutpods Dairy-Free Creamer Unsweetened (Pumpkin Spice, 4-pack) - Whole30 Approved

This I could see maybe...



Still a possibility....


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I draw the line at Bud Light. 




PREPARING

To celebrate my birthday this weekend in the lowest key way possible. Dinner plans on Saturday night at ... drumroll please for me finally getting my ass there... Gunshow, with one of my favorite Virgo pals.

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PHOTGRAPHING

Not much lately. I feel like I am doing a bit better job at living this year and not documenting every little thing by trying to photograph my entire life. No apologies.



Linking up with Anne and Lowanda for Currently this month. 


Friday Favorites From TJ's

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Friday, September 1, 2017
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Ever since my office moved next to Trader Joe's it has become a ritual for me to stop on Friday afternoon for weekend supplies. It's so funny to me that for a relatively tiny store there are so many amazing and unique things to try. I also think it's very cool that all of these things are their proprietary brand. I always feel a little like I stepped back in time and am at the corner store owned by some little Mom & Pop. I have only scratched the surface of all the wonderful stuff they have and every week I try to grab some new thing but today let's talk favorites. These are the things I reach for just about every time I go because either I or everyone else (usually both) in my house love them. 

BAGS - If you read me you know I am a bag whore. I love their shopping bags. They are always bright and cheerful and they hold up very well.  I never need an excuse to grab a new design when it comes out. 

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CREAMY TOSCANO CHEESE - Since I am also a cheese whore... this. Several area grocery stores sell a similar but more expensive version of the exact same cheese. The TJ's wedge is twice the size and half the price. Get in my face with a nice glass of wine pronto. 

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DARK CHOCOLATE MINT CREAMS - I looooove York Peppermint Patties. These are a tiny bite size drop of heaven that is basically the same only a little softer and meltier, that's totally a word. Be warned if you are a mint lover... addictive. 


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GORGONZOLA GNOCCHI - I kind of wish I had never tried these little pillows of cheesy potato goodness but alas I have and they are now in my dreams. Bonus, super fast and easy meal for one, even though the bag says otherwise. 




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SPATCHCOCKED LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN - I saw this in one of their ads and they raved about it so I tried it. You guys, if you don't feel like spatchcocking your own damn chicken just get one of these. It's a whole chicken split up the back and you roast it flat in a pan so it cooks faster. Absolutely delicious. Make a salad or a veg and you are done!


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ESPRESSO PILLOWS - If you are standing in the checkout trying to decide which delicious little grab and go treat you want, get these. If you are a coffee lover you will not be sorry. I am sorry but you are going to have a hard time not finishing the whole tin. They make a great little gift item if you need something extra too. 

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ROASTED GORGONZOLA CRISPS - Clearly I have a cheese problem and I admit it freely. These are kind of like a more gourmet version of cheeze-its. They are bite size so don't really plan on serving them with cheese just  more or less tossing a handful into your mouth. You're welcome. 


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I could easily do another couple of posts like this and I probably will because... TJ's obsessed. After all Pumpkin season is right around the corner and they go a little crazy with the pumpkin spice products which I personally love.  What's your favorite TJ's thing? Do share...





Linking up with Amanda.

All About Me In 3's

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Three favorite foods

Mac and Cheese
Filet Oscar
Buttermilk Biscuits

Three things I'd never give up

Cheese
Wine
Pizza


Three favorite cocktails

Old Fashioned
A Grand Marnier (after dinner slightly warmed)
Dirty Martini with a Blue Cheese stuffed olive

Three favorite movies

The Breakfast Club
Steel Magnolias
Goodfellas

Three favorite simple pleasures in life

Clean white sheets
Toes in the water, ass in the sand
A lazy Sunday

Three things that are always in my car

Carmex
St. Christopher's medal
A class 3 Ansi Safety Vest - partly for work but also because I see lots of tragic stuff  happening on the interstates as part of my job. Don't get out of your car if you can help it. 

Three things I always have with me

My phone
Lip gloss
ID

Three things I regret doing/not doing

I don't  find it useful to ever spend time thinking about this.

Three most recent places I traveled to

Rabun County for the eclipse
Lake Blackshear
Senoia

Three most often used makeup products

NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter
Urban Decay Eye shadow in Roach
Bare Minerals Lip gloss in Forbidden

Three things that make me cry

The Falcons blowing a 28 point lead in the Super Bowl
Military homecoming surprises
Laughing uncontrollably with a friend... I am a laugh-cryer.

Three things that make me smile/laugh

Funny GIF's of people falling down
An unexpected compliment
My dog attempting to talk

Three places I want to visit in the U.S.

Lake Tahoe
Louisville KY for the Derby
Austin City Limits

Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.

Greece
Italy
Poland

Three blessings in my life

My kids - Obviously
My Family
My Health




























































Weekending... On A Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How has a month gone by once again? It's almost September in the blink of an eye. I woke up this morning and there was a definite coolness in the air. It may be just the winds of hurricane Harvey making their way across the South or it may be fall. I am hopeful that it is the later. Football season starts this weekend and I can hardly contain my excitement and nervousness. It's not often that the biggest game of the year gets played on the opening day of the season starring your team. I am nervous but super excited that it will be here in my town. Unfortunately  at $300 for the cheap seats I will be tailgating down town and then watching from home. I am however checking out the new Mercedes Benz Stadium this Thursday to take in a Falcons pre-season game with my kids so at least I will get a peek at the hottest venue in the country right now a little early.
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I had a cough cough super busy  weekend. It's so weird, now that Olivia is off at college I actually have real kid free weekends back and it's been like 2 years. Ever since she got her car she pretty much always stayed at my house even if it was a Dad's weekend. Me being me, I secretly wished once in awhile I could have the house all to myself for 2 days. And now I do. She actually popped in on Friday to get some more of her stuff and spent Friday night with her Dad, gone again on Saturday. She loves Statesboro and college in general. She has already been offered a job at the barn she is riding at and is thinking about trying out for the equestrian team. I couldn't be happier.

But back to my weekend. I stayed up too late Friday catching up on the DVR and slept in on Saturday morning. I stayed in all day and got most of my laundry done, sheets washed, a little light housework... my favorite kind of Saturday work that requires no interaction with people or wearing of pants. Heaven. Saturday night I went to Yacht Rock Revue at  The Tabernacle with friends. They do  a big show every summer in Atlanta and it is always a blast. I upgraded to VIP Room tickets this year for $25 and now I might be a regular there. For the extra cash you get private bathrooms, separate bar with pretty much no line, couches, the event on big flat screen TV's if you feel like taking a break, a rooftop deck with an amazing view of the ferris wheel and Centennial Park and tacos. Yes, trays of freshly made tacos. Sold.

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We beat it out of the concert a little early to get back on our side of town and watch the fight at the local sports bar. Y'all I think that shit was so rigged. They called it too early in my opinion. No knockout, McGregor wasn't down or unable to get up, slurring... they didn't even check his eyes!! He was smiling and laughing and apparently, fully decked out in one of  his trademark suits partying the rest of the night away at the Wynn. Uh huh. But seriously, I'd let Mayweather beat the crap out of me for $100 million or so dollars too. Sign me up.

McGregor could be seen dancing on the tables at Encore Beach Club

I guess I overindulged a little bit because I woke up about 30 minutes before I was meeting a date for brunch. Ooops. Nothing like showing up for a date with sheet marks on your face and smelling like a local IPA. And people wonder why I am single. Kidding, sorta... I told him I was running late and bought myself another 30 minutes. We had a nice time. Nice guy. Yeah... I love brunch though, that's about it. That was a treat. Somehow this weekend I managed not to pay for any of my own food or drinks except like one round and a giant Diet Mt. Dew on Sunday. Winning at life.

Speaking of winning at life I have been doing the Keto thing for about 2 weeks now. I really hate saying diet because it's really just following macros to keep your diet 60-75% fat,  15-30% protein and 5-10% carbs aka low carb, high fat. Everyone keeps asking me "why are you doing that, I thought you loved Whole30". I do, just felt like I needed a change and some stricter/not as strict rules to follow. I thought I could sustain this for a bit and still have a social life because liquor has zero carbs... as in I can have a Tito's and soda or 3. What I have learned so far is it works and lbs start falling off but I don't love it. I am used to consuming large amounts of fruits and veggies and with Keto you just can't because carbs. Not sure if this is helping me or not because I still feel like I can't get my food groove back. I am not cooking or prepping at all and it is making it much harder for me to stay on track. I don't know what the solution is but the problem is I just don't want to do it, I am being lazy. I'm going to do this for a bit though and see if I can dump the 10-15 lbs I found this summer. Why can I gain 5 lbs in 5 minutes yet it takes 2 weeks to lose 5 lbs? I hate this stupid roller coaster.

So it's feeling like Fall to me and I am ready to get off of my summer hiatus from blogging, cooking, meal prepping, working out and stop being such a miserable slug. Wish me luck!!

Happy Tuesday!