Friday, August 29, 2014

Fifty Facts About Me

I was called out by Heather to write a post that includes 50 fun facts about myself. I'm a bit hesitant. I feel like I won't be able to come up with fifty. That's a lot of facts! However, if Heather and Brooke can do it then I'm sure I can make it to fifty as well.

So here goes nothing!!

1. I love fruit, especially kiwi.
2. I have my ears pierced twice.
3. I love, love, love to read. I'm currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
4. I want a tattoo. No, I don't. Yes, I do. Ugh...the struggle.
5. I'd choose vacuuming and laundry over dishes ANY DAY!
6. My favorite dessert is ice cream.
7. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Mint Chocolate Chip.
8. Oh, and brownies are my favorite too.
9. My birthstone is Diamond. More diamonds for moi! ;)
10. I absolutely positively want to travel to Spain.
11. And Italy!
12. And Greece! (thank you Pinterest)
13. I took Spanish from 3rd grade ALLLL the way through college.
14. I love Greek yogurt and coconut water.
15. I call myself a fitness guru because I love working out and eating healthy.
16. My favorite color is blue but pink is a close second.
17. The Ugly Truth and The Proposal are my favorite rom-coms.
18. Horrible bosses is my favorite comedy. Period.
19. Staying inside with some wine, popcorn, and a good movie is almost always better than going out somewhere.
20. I am single.
21. I've never been to a pro football game...or college for that matter. I know, I know, I went to U of M! I'll go this season ;)
22. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
23. Therefore, I will ALWAYS be a Steelers fan.
24. I wish I could model. Short girl problems. Only...8...more...inches! Even 4" heels won't get me there. I'll keep trying :)
25. Makeup is where I go overboard. It's an addiction. I just have to have this lipstick too!
26. I love swimming!

I'll be right back! Dairy Queen run! Told you...weakness.

Mmmm...Heath & Cookie Dough blizzard. YUM.

27. I absolutely HATE when the blinds in the house are closed during the day! I love natural lighting and closing the blinds does nothing for that.
28. I love roller coasters! Cedar Point is the best.
29. I.Hate.Donuts. 
30. My favorite movie candy is Buncha Crunch.
31. I love M & M's and the blue ones are my favorite. 
32. I went snowboarding for the first time this past winter.
33. And skydiving for the first time this summer.
34. My favorite "watch at any time T.V. shows" are Friends and Big Bang Theory. Bazinga!
35. I'm currently watching Season 2 of Breaking Bad and Season 7 of Dexter. Shhhh! No spoilers!
36. I can never narrow down my favorite band or artist. There's too many that I like.
37. I can never get out of Target without spending money.
38. I don't like fudge. 
39. I don't really like chips besides for Doritos and Pringles.
40.  I think Zak Efron is gorgeous and so are the Franco brothers.
41. I'm picky about coffee. I don't like house coffee that much but I like some coffee from Starbucks or Bigby.
42. Mary-Kate and Ashley and Victoria Beckham are my fashion idols. 
43. I can't sing. Like at all.
44. I love dancing. I took ballet and pointe dance lessons for many years.
45. Urban Decay and MAC eye shadows are my favorite!
46. I went jet skiing in the Bahamas.
47. I want to explore more of Michigan. Mackinac Island, Pictured Rocks, South Haven beach.
48. I've never been anywhere in the United States more West of Chicago. Hopefully, I'll visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon soon.
49. I took piano lessons for three years.
50. I really, really, reeaaaallllyyy want to get my own puppy. I have the name picked out already but that's a secret! 

Well, there you have it! Fifty things you didn't know about me! Can you think of fifty facts about yourself? Does anyone agree or disagree with some of the things I listed?  I'd love to read them if so. I'd love to find out more about you as well. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

NOT the "S" Word!!


I don't know about you but I am dreading the return of...don't say it...September! Ugh. Can you believe that we only have one week left of this beautiful month of August? I always feel like the first day of September is the start of Fall and I'm not ready for it! Not yet! I still want to run around in my shorts and flip flops. I absolutely do not want to start bundling up again. I hate wearing bulky jackets while driving or having to bundle up before I walk out the door. Even though the official start of Fall isn't until September (there's that "S" word again) twenty-third, I don't want the summer days to fly by. 

As it may seem, I don't dislike Fall, I actually get totally excited for pumpkin lattes, fall clothes, and Halloween. Shopping for knick-knacks that represent the fall season is fun and addicting as well. Home Goods and Michael's are my nemesis when it comes to fall shopping. Oh! And you can't forget all the other clothing stores around. See, I enjoy fall clothes such as light scarves, a long sleeved shirt, skinny jeans, and a great pair of Tory Burch boots, which I have yet to purchase...sigh. Anyways! The Fall season is beautiful too! The leaves changing colors make for a gorgeous view on your way into work and the slightly chilly air allows for all the couples out there to get a little bit closer. Cuddling is always a good thing. :)
Tory Burch boots... these are wonderful

Well then, I'll just have to make the best of these last few weeks of Summer. The icy-cold winter that awaits us here in Michigan will not be thought about until it the day it gets here. So for now, I'm going to enjoy the sunshine and eighty-degree weather and not think about Fall, let alone Winter. The Labor Day weekend festivities await! Cheers!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tournament of Champions

I work in Ann Arbor and at my work a group of coworkers and I go out for lunch to a different restaurant once a month. We do this for one year which allows for twelve unique restaurants to be tested.  At the end of the year, each person takes a vote on which restaurant was their favorite, which was the Champion. Sort of a food challenge if you will.  However, this year is a little bit different. Instead of picking a theme to follow such as "the breakfast challenge" or "the sub/sandwich challenge", this year is the Tournament of Champions. So instead of twelve restaurants we are going with sixteen. There were just too many Champions to not include certain places. Oh, and there's one rule to any challenge that we do. The restaurant CANNOT be a chain restaurant such as Taco Bell, Subway, or IHop. This allows for us to become familiar with more local places. Being that I just joined in with these challenges last year. There are a TON of places that I haven't tried yet in the Tournament of Champions. 

So today was this month's lunch challenge day. We went to Angelo's

Angelo's is a little family restaurant located in the vicinity of the University of Michigan's central campus. My fellow coworkers had this all planned out so that we would visit this location BEFORE college resumes for the Fall semester. It would nearly be impossible to eat at Angelo's during school months. There is very little parking around to begin with and when schools can kiss your chances of parking even remotely close to the restaurant good-bye! Even today, without school being in yet, it took fifteen minutes to drove there but then it took another fifteen minutes just to find a parking spot. Imagine doing this when there are thousands of students walking around, cars parked in every.single.location, and parking structures only available for students with parking permits. You're pretty much S.O.L. 

Finally, we made it inside the diner, got our seats, and were greeted by the waiter immediately. After looking over the menu and getting the waiters opinion, I decided to go with their Corn Beef and Hash breakfast. Lucky for me, they serve breakfast all day long! I have never had corn beef and hash before so I thought why not try it at a place where it is raved about. It also came with eggs and your choice of toast. Not even, fifteen minutes later our meals were served. I think all six of us ordered from their breakfast menu...just to give you an idea about how delicious their breakfast selection is! But hang on, I HAVE to tell you about their bread. They offer homemade raisin bread! 

Would you look at that! There's no way that I could pass up that. It was sliced about an inch thick and Angelo's even has a cinnamon sugar shaker on the table to add to your toast. OH.MY.GOODNESS! The combination of everything combined was to die for. As if that wasn't enough, the waiter brought us two of their hot sauces stating that it goes great with the meal I ordered. He was right! The sauce wasn't just hot but it had a great flavor to it. Not to mention that this hot sauce is produced right here, locally in Ann Arbor, as well. It's called Clancy's Fancy Hot Sauce and comes in multiple levels of spiciness.

Clancy's Fancy Pic Source

Here is their website if you'd like to check it out and possibly buy a bottle for yourself. I don't get anything for speaking of their sauces or for Angelo's, just my opinion that I'd like to share with you! :) Overall, I was completely satisfied with Angelo's but the real question is...

Will it be the Tournament of Champion's Champion?!

We have a few more months to go, and restaurants to try out, so we shall see! :D

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When it Rains, it Pours

I don't even know where to begin! I guess I'll start by letting you all know that over the weekend my sister, Heather and brother-in-law had to bring their car to the service garage. The check engine light on their dash was on and so they wanted to get it looked at. Being the nice sister that I am, I met them at the dealership so they weren't stranded there all day and would have a ride back home. All is good. Then, Heather and I decided to hit up Target since the dealership was right next to it. Bad move. I can never get out of there WITHOUT spending any money. Anyways, their car was scheduled to be looked at on Monday. Awesome, Heather and I will ride to work together since she won't have a car and thankfully, we work at the same place. Monday morning came and we enjoyed each other's company, stopped at Starbucks (blueberry muffins and coffee, uhh YUM!), and made it to work on time. Bonus! 

Then Tuesday rolled around. Their car was still in the shop. So I was recruited once more to take Heather into work. Cool, no big deal, we'll stop at Starbucks again. :) I was all ready to go and then I get in my car annnnd it wouldn't start. IT WOULDN'T START! How does this happen?? They have car troubles and then I get sucked in the bad karma loop and now I have car trouble! What the heck? Now, I'm just annoyed. Literally, minutes before I went in my car my Mom asked me if I wanted to take her car to work instead today to save on gas. My parents have a Chevy Volt. Literally, no gas would have to be used for my commute but I declined. Well, here I go back into the house asking my Mom if I can take her car. Thank goodness there was an extra car to take! Without it, Heather and I both would have been stranded. Alas, we made it to and from work again safely and her car will be out of the shop tomorrow. Thank the Lord! Now I just have to figure out what's going on with mine :/ I'll be sure to keep you updated.

To top off my day, it's raining. Not just little sprinkles of rain but buckets of rain pouring down, thunder-storming. Oy. I just want to be home with a good book and a cozy blanket right now. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things

Today I decided to get back in the swing of things and start another one of my workout binges. I fell off the bandwagon about a month ago and just have been feeling pretty crappy lately. And as the great Elle Woods states...

Therefore, back to the grind I go! I'm just going to ease into it and start by doing the 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels. Man, does she know her stuff! I always feel like I've had a great workout after finishing her routines, better yet, it's in the comfort of my own home! I can shower immediately after working out and then I can eat a greek yogurt or make a green smoothie not too long after. These protein packed meals help with muscle recovery after a good workout! Don't worry, if you're unfamiliar with how to make green smoothies there are plenty of recipes out there! Like this one from pinterest! Despite their color, they really do taste amazing! I can't believe that I've been missing out on these for so long.

So, I conquered Day 1 of the 30 day shred today! Well...maybe not conquered, I had to take mini breaks between some moves, but I did complete the entire workout as best as I could.  I can't wait to keep you posted on how the challenge is going for me and what progress I make. I hope my endurance builds quickly so I don't have to take any breaks. Have any of you completed the 30 Day Shred successfully? I'd love to hear your input on it and the results you've seen doing this workout!

Blogging for the First Time!

Well, here I am, embarking on this new journey known as blogging! I've become a lot more interested in blogging lately thanks to my sister, Heather. She introduced me to Bloglovin' and helped me get started by following some of her favorite bloggers and her blog of course! An hour later and I was hooked! Time flew by as I scrolled through the endless amount of stories. I couldn't stop reading. Everyone has such different stories and unique ways of writing that I thought to myself, I should start one! Now, if I can only figure out how to get a shnazy template and add buttons to make my webpage look more legit, I'd be set. Any advice on how to get started would be much appreciated! So in the meantime...bare with me please, I'm new at this :D