Monday, July 28, 2014

A Great Weekend and a New PR!

After being busy and/or gone for the last few weekends in a row, we finally got the chance to stay home and relax this weekend. And it was heavenly.  Friday afternoon, I went to the pool for a while.  We had a delicious dinner of paleo pancakes, eggs, and bacon!  After dinner, we didn't leave the house.  We watched some baseball and the Crossfit Games and read our books and rested.

Saturday morning, it was paleo pancakes again.  Thankfully, I remembered to make a double batch the night before, so all the work was done!  And my peaches had ripened to the PERFECT stage, so I had to have two.  There's nothing better in the whole world than a sweet, ripe peach.
After breakfast, I went to the pool with the final Harry Potter book.  While I have loved the series and hate to see it end, I'm not loving this last book at all right now.  I hope it gets better.  
Saturday night, Donny and I had a fantastic date night!  First, we went to the Mellow Mushroom for dinner.  I had been craving a good (non-Pizza Hut or Papa Johns type) pizza, and MM is the best.  It's definitely not paleo, but it was delicious!  
After dinner, we went to see A Most Wanted Man (aka one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last movies).  Being a non-mainstream movie, we had to go to the artsy movie theater downtown to see it.  I was not a big fan.  The room was tiny and the seats were cramped.  Sure, they have beer and wine and some different options at the concession stand.  But it's not a place that I'll pick to go again unless they are the only theater in town with a movie I want to see. 
After the movie, we went to get drinks.  This is so unusual for me/us, but we weren't quite ready for the evening to end!  I was hoping to find something like the delicious Bramble from Marshall Freehouse.  They didn't have anything exactly the same, but this hit the spot anyway.  And I haven't had rock candy in more than 15 years, but it was delicious with the gin.
Sunday, we were lazy again and didn't go anywhere.  I spent the afternoon catching up on blogs (my reader was at over 800!) and reading more Harry Potter.  I paleo-ified an old recipe, and it was delicious!  I'll post it later this week.
Sunday night was the final rounds of the Crossfit games, and I was stoked that Rich Froning and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet won!    
There were some crazy tough events that I can't even imagine doing right now.  But then again, two months ago, I couldn't imagine that this morning I would front squat 100lbs for my new PR!  When I started, I was squatting with a training bar (15lbs vs. the usual 45) for a grand total of 25 lbs.  What a long way I've come already in just two months-- I'm so excited to see where I am in two more!  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Social by Three.

Happy Sunday, y'all!  As I mentioned the other week, I'm trying to get back in my blogging groove.  And there's nothing like a good linkup to help get back on track.  So I'm linking up with Ashley and Neely this weekend for Sunday social!
Social Sunday
1. Three favorite songs right now.
I don't keep up too much with current music, and I tend to get obsessed with songs when
I like them until I kill them by over-listening.  Three currently being overplayed on
my Spotify station are Bastille by Pompeii, Made to Love by John Legend, and
Feet, Don't Fail Me Now by Needtobreathe

2. Three movies that remind you of summer.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Weekend at Bernie's, and The Sandlot.  
(And now I want to watch all three of these movies that I haven't watched in forever...)
3. Three favorite articles of clothing you own.
This question is hard-- not just to whittle it down from the many things in my closet I love, 
but also to find good pictures of them!  The first item is this maxi dress from Old Navy.  It's my 
go-to for a dressy casual outfit.  I've worn it for church, brunches, and outdoor weddings this summer.
Second is my purple scarf.  I wear this ALL THE TIME in the fall/winter.  
It's so soft and really gives a great pop of color with all of my dark colored clothing.
And lastly, my Yankee pajamas that Donny gave me for Christmas a two years ago.  I love them!
Snowflakes and Yankees?  Two of my favorite things!
4. Three items on your wish list.
The Complete Series of JAG-- I loooove this show.  I know I've seen every episode a dozen times.  
But it's been years since I've watched it, and it's not available online.  So I need to own the DVDs!
A Vitamix-- because my kitchen isn't crowded enough with small appliances.
Maid service-- I really should've made this #1.  I need someone else 
to come clean my house on a routine basis.
5. Three books you would recommend to someone.
Well this was almost impossible to narrow down to three.  11/22/63 is always at the 
top of my list though.  It's an amazing story, and everyone should read it.  The Shadow of 
the Wind is such unique story and so, so great.  And of course, The Lincoln Laywer.  
Thanks to this book, I fell in love with Michael Connelly, who is probably my current 
favorite author.  This isn't my favorite of his books (he gets even better), but definitely
where I'd recommend anyone start who hasn't read him yet.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Club Friday-- The Other Typist.

GoodReads Synopsis: Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangsters and murderers that pass through the precinct. While she may disapprove of the details, she prides herself on typing up the goriest of crimes without batting an eyelid. But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist's spell. As do her bosses, the buttoned up Lieutenant Detective and the fatherly Sergeant. As the two girls' friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before Rose's fascination for her new colleague turns to obsession. But just who is the real Odalie, and how far will Rose go to find out?

My Thoughts:  I find it very hard to describe this book.  I finished it months ago, and I'm still not sure what really happened.  It's very psychologically screwy-- think movies such as Shutter Island, Memento, or The Prestige.  If you like a psychological thriller that leaves you scratching your head at the end, this one's definitely for you.  The story was slow going initially.  But once I got into it, things unfolded rapidly until a very surreal and mysterious ending.  I absolutely recommend it!  (And hope that someone will read it and explain what happened to me...) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sun and Sand.

Last weekend, Donny and I went to Kure Beach for a few days.  We had such a nice, relaxing time!  We were up before the sun on Thursday to get to the coast early.
We got to Wilmington around 9:30 and headed straight for the USS North Carolina.  I had been to the ship when I was in high school, but it was much more interesting to me as an adult.
After making our way through the ship, we got some lunch, and then headed to our condo at Kure Beach.  Fortunately, there hadn't been anyone in it the few days before we got there, so we were able to get in it early.  And finally, I was at the BEACH!
That evening, we had dinner and and walked around the Wilmington waterfront.  It was so beautiful!
We even saw the trailers from the set of Sleepy Hollow!  Sadly, nothing more exciting than that though.
Every morning, I was up around 6:30 and out on the deck for my quiet time.  I looooooove early mornings at the beach-- it's my favorite thing about vacation.  I love being up before most everyone, watching the sun wake up, and hearing the waves crash while I read my Bible.  There's nothing better.
I spent my days down by the ocean with my books.  I finished four books this weekend, including two that I started and finished within a day!  PS-- If you are a Bachelor(ette) fan, then you definitely want to read I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson.  It's very, um, revealing of her time with Ben, so be aware.  And with any memoir that's written to try to repair a person's public persona, I take it with a grain of salt.  But I did love the behind-the-scenes look at the production of The Bachelor!
While I was reading, Donny was playing in the ocean.  The water was very rough, which resulted in some casualties like a broken boogie board and some lost sunglasses...  But he had a blast!
Friday night, we took a sunset cruise around the Cape Fear River in Wilmington!
Saturday night, we stayed in the Carolina/Kure Beach area for dinner, and took a stroll along the pier. 
And before I knew it, Sunday was here, and it was time to head home.  :(  It was a great, relaxing time, but I definitely could go back right now!

Monday, July 21, 2014


Donny and I just got back from a nice long weekend at the beach.  But before I can recap our mini-vacation, I have to talk about my girl Maggie.  We got her when I was in the 8th grade.  My dad and brother went to a farm to pick her up while my mom and I were on a church trip.  She was the runt of the litter and pretty sick.  The vet didn't know if she'd make it through the week, but we nursed her back to health.  And soon she became a precocious and adventurous puppy that quickly had us wrapped around her finger.
When I was growing up and growing up got hard, she would cuddle with me and let me cry on her.  Then she'd try to lick my face, of course.  
She was the most fun dog-- always ready to play and to jump around and to run through the house.  She barked at anything that moved and loved having visitors at the house.
Maggie was the most loyal and loving dog.  Even after I moved out of the house, she was always excited to see me when I came home, making me feel special. 
She was with us almost 16 years, until this past Friday when my parents said their final good byes to her at the vet's office.
I'm glad that I got to see her before we left for the beach to say goodbye.  She lived a nice, long life with us.  And I'm glad that we got to enjoy her while we did.   

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blogging Failure.

I can't believe that I've only blogged once this month.  And only four times last month.  And only fifty times this entire year.  My husband tells me that I'm failing at blogging...  I seriously don't know why I'm in such a blogging funk.  I do love it.  I could blame it on my early morning crossfitting, which seriously tires me out for the whole day sometimes.  But that doesn't explain last week when I slept in every day and still didn't blog.  Or the months before crossfit began.  

I could blame it on work, and that's really probably a decent reason.  I normally do blog at work in the mornings, but these last few months have been pretty crazy.  Almost every day, as soon as I walk in the door, it's nose to the grind.  No time to poke around.  Except that's not true for every single day, and I still haven't blogged on those days either.

Really, I just don't feel all that interesting these days.  I don't take nearly as many pictures as I used to.  I think this weekend, I took two or three.  My days all pretty much look the same-- crossfit in the morning (or sleep, whatever...), work, then home to crash.  Some Tuesdays I have Bible study, most Wednesdays we have dinner with my grandma, but that's it.  There's nothing really to write home about.  Not that I'm complaining-- I love getting up in the morning to work out, going to work and being productive, then coming home to a loving husband for dinner and rest.  It's great.  But it's not the best blogging material.

I've read a LOT of books and gotten kind of obsessed with Harry Potter recently.  We have a new intern at work, who is fantastic.  Donny and I are planning a big road trip to Texas before and for Thanksgiving, which is going to be a blast.  I found a lipstick that I love.  We've been hanging out at the pool.  Work is going fantastic-- I've got some huge cases, which mean big fees, which means a nice bump in the paycheck.  All good things, but again-- not great blogging material.  

I want to be writing, but nothing happens when I open my browser to type.  So what do y'all do when you're in a blogging funk and don't feel like you have much to write about?  All suggestions and ideas are welcome!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Wedding in Wonderland.

(Warning: LOTS of pictures ahead.)
This weekend, my brother got married!  It was such a fantastic weekend.  I had far more fun than I even thought I would.  The festivities got started on Friday afternoon with high tea for the girls at the O. Henry Hotel, where their wedding would be.  I had never been to a high tea before, but it was lovely!  My mom and I decided we definitely had to go back.  The scones were the softest and fluffiest I've ever had, and they brought us complimentary champagne since Morgan was the bride.  :)
Saturday night, we had the rehearsal dinner at a new British gastropub in Greensboro, Marshall Free House.  It was such a cool atmosphere, and the drinks that they make in their "cocktail laboratory" were fantastic.  Morgan's mom brought cupcakes for the whole crew, and they were delicious!
And then before we knew it, it was Sunday and time for a wedding!  Morgan loves tea and Alice in Wonderland, so it was only natural that it be their wedding theme.  It all turned out SO cute.  Donny got this great shot of my brother in the hallway outside the ceremony location.  One of my favorites of the day.
The wedding garden. (Well, half of it anyway.)
The Mr. and Mrs.!
My parents!
I love this shot that I got of Morgan by the pool.  How gorgeous is she??
Y'all.  The cake! 
Are these tags on the champagne glasses not the cutest things ever??
And the centerpieces...
All the details were just fantastic.
The grand entrance... 
And the first dance... 
Donny trying to steal my parmesan chicken... 
Time to cut the cake! 
Toasts by the Best Man... 
And Maid of Honor.  Madeline couldn't get through hers the first time around.  So sweet.
We had tea service with our cake!
Then it was time to boogie!  Drew's friends cracked me up... 
Donny and I had such a blast.  One minute we were dancing to Usher, and the next minute it was last call!  The night flew by, but it was a wonderful time.  I'm so happy for Drew and Morgan-- they couldn't have found more perfect partners for themselves than each other!