Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekly Favorites, Of Course

Ah yes, the Friday before a holiday.. I am so glad it is here :) And that next week I only have to work three work days. Maybe I should have made that one of my favorites.. oops. So obviously I am linking up with Amanda for some weekly favorites. 


Weekly Favorites

// Tony randomly decided to take me out for a snowball. And then when we realized the snowball stand was closed, he drove us over to the next town for ice cream. It was very out of the blue and sweet and just made my night.


// We are ALMOST done with the renovation/remodel/whatever you want to call it of our bathroom. I plan on doing a dedicated post to this project, but let me just say now that I am in love with our new(ish) space. And I am beyond lucky that I have a guy who is an amazing DIYer.

// I started watching Parks & Recreation this week on Netflix when our cable wasn't working, and I love it! I am only on season 2, but it's definitely going to be something that I binge watch this weekend since I have nothing planned for tonight or tomorrow



// I lost one pound this week. Like I said in yesterday's post, it's going to be a slow weight loss process, but I am getting there week by week, so I am pretty happy about it!

// And a few things that really made me chuckle this week...


// There is only 7 more sleeps until it's Raven's game day! That makes me SO excited and I cannot wait to get back into my football season routine of watching the games on Sundays, eating some kind of chips and dip, and basically lounging on the couch all day. Like a complete dude. But I don't care because I like it.

// My Orioles are 7 games in front of the Yankees. Which, if you are an Os fan, you know that this is the best thing ever and can only hope that this is the year we could win it all. Or at least know that the Yankees can't win it all.


And that's all I have for this glorious Friday. I hope everyone has a fabulous holiday weekend filled with fun, food & adult beverages. Cheers!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Slow and Steady...


Wins the race, right? That's what they say at least. And who is they? I've always wondered that. But moving along...

I am taking the whole slow and steady approach to my weight loss before the wedding. Mainly because my body is making me. In the last 3 weeks I have only lost about 2.5 pounds. While I am happy that I haven't gained any weight, I am frustrated because I have been working out like a mad lady and have really changed my eating habits. I mean, my routine has basically been: cycle class Monday & Wednesday, elliptical/other cardio Tuesday, rest of Thursday & Friday. And I know I should probably not take two days to rest, but I have been also walking for 30 minutes each day with a co-worker so that's something on those "off" days. 



So I guess I just need a little push from someone to tell me that this is normal and it will pay off in the end. And remind me that I do have 8+ months to lose the additional 27.5 pounds before we say 'I do.' Plus, I do need to keep telling myself that even if I don't hit the magic number I have in my mind, it will still be the happiest day of my life. And I will love how I look in my dress. Because it really is gorgeous and I feel so pretty in it!



So I am going to keep going. Because that's the best thing to do. It may take me six months to lose 10 pounds, but that's better than gaining 20 in those same six months. And I know in the long run, loosing this weight slowly will make me cherish all that I have accomplished even more, right?


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Football Friday: My Favorite Team

So when I saw that Erin was doing Football Friday's I was SO FREAKING EXCITED. I may be a girl, but I absolutely love everything about football and football season. So of course I will be joining in on the fun. 

This week I want to start out by telling you all about my favorite team - the 2000 & 2012 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens :) I bleed purple and black September - (hopefully) February.


Taken at a work event where we got to take a tour of the stadium and go onto the field! :)

Team Mascot: So our team used to be super clever and cool and have three mascots - Edgar, Allen & Poe. But now we just have Poe (even though I am not really sure why?) But that is a reference to the poet, Edgar Allan Poe (duh) because he wrote "The Raven" I think that is all pretty self explanatory. 



Where We Play: M&T Bank Stadium. And let me just tell you it is an amazing stadium to see a game in. The atmosphere is electric and you probably won't be able to get out of there without chanting "OhhhhOhhhOhh OOOOhhhh" to the tune of the White Stripe's "Seven Nation Army" It's one of my favorite places to be on a football Sunday - but sadly I only get to maybe two games a year if I am lucky.



My Favorite Players: I have had many favorite players throughout the years that I have been a fan, but here are my top 5 and the position they play/played:

1. Joe Flacco - Quarterback

2. Ray Lewis - Linebacker

3. Torrey Smith - Wide Receiver

4. Dennis Pitta - Tight End

5. Matt Stover / Justin Tucker - Kicker

Teams We Hate Dislike: Steelers, Browns, Bengals, & Patriots. Oh, and the Colts because they used to be in Baltimore and then left in the middle of the night back in the 1980s. But that's a more complicated story for another day entirely.



Personal Favorite Raven's Memory: The game between us and the Denver Broncos during our 2012 Super Bowl run. The game went into double OT and we sealed the deal with an amazing pass from Flacco to Jacoby Jones. To say it was an amazing moment is an understatement. Everyone in our house jumped up and down and it basically felt like we had won the Super Bowl - we still had another team to beat before we were even in the big game. 



Well this has gotten me even more pumped for football to start! Even though I am being a bad fan and will be out of the country for the first game of the season. Let's just hope somehow, some way, we can find a TV in Canada that is showing the Ravens. Not going to hold my breath, though. 

So what's your favorite team? I promise I will still be nice to you if it's one of the above mentioned hated disliked teams. But I may just have to not talk to you when we play ;)

Football Friday

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travel Bucket List


Lately I have been getting the urge to plan trips to all the places I want to see in my life. And since my bank account won't necessarily allow that right now, I am just going to make a travel bucket list for right now and just pretend like I am going to these places soon. And I actually am for one of them. So there. 

Also, please don't judge me on how simple this list may seem. I don't really get out too much, so I tend to think more realistically, and I know these places aren't probably that magical but I could see myself actually being able to visit them. And now I am just rambling so here's the list.


I have always always always had Italy on my list of places I need to go before I die. I am part Italian, and I just love almost everything Italian - wine, food, history, etc. My dream would be to go on a two week vacation and take my time exploring Rome, then going to Sicily where my family is from. I want to drink lots of wine, eat lots of carbs and basically reenact Audrey Hepburn's life in "Roman Holiday" (and if you don't know that reference, you need to see that classic ASAP).

Also, this would definitely be an amazing family vacation, but not until we have older kids. Because I am not going to go on my dream trip and then have a small child complaining the whole time. Sorry if that sounds selfish, but it's the truth.



This one IS happening for our honeymoon next year. So the dream is becoming a reality and I couldn't be more excited! We are planning on staying at a hotel right on Waikiki Beach and doing things like sunbathing, hiking, eating, drinking, exploring the Island, and obviously going to a real Luau. Tony and I are both into history, so we will be making a trip to the Pearl Harbor memorial site, too. The plan right now is just to do a week, but that may change as we get closer to the actual booking. At least I am hoping it turns into 10 days!

Niagara Falls.

Another trip that is definitely happening - and in 15 days, too! I love waterfalls and duh, I obviously want to visit a huge one. And the place we are staying is connected to a casino so that means a little gambling, lots of eating/drinking, and we are going to have to make some time to check out the breweries/wineries in the area. Basically I cannot wait and I will be very happy to check this one off of the list!


Napa Valley.

One word - wine. I love wine and why would I not want to visit a place that is filled with beautiful vineyards? So yes, I want to go all wine snob for about 5 days and make my way from winery to winery, preferably doing this as a girls' trip. I have always told my best friend we should do this trip when we turn 30 as a gift to ourselves, and as a way to forget that we are THIRTY! (Thank goodness we have another 5+ years until this is happening...)

The Grand Canyon / Mt. Rushmore / Yellowstone

Yes, I do understand that these places are NOT close to one another. But I figure when we do get around to seeing these landmarks, we might as well do it in one big trip, so that's why they are grouped together. I know it's very touristy to want to visit these places, but I dream about doing a family trip so that my kids get to experience them, too. Plus, think of the photo ops! :)

Side note - Tony actually wanted to go to Montana/Wyoming for our honeymoon and he tried to use going to Yellowstone as a selling point. Um, no, sorry. Besides Yellowstone there would be nothing else to really do. Plus I am afraid of bears and other wild animals.  

Any Tropical Island.

I am pretty easily pleased if you give me a beach, an ocean and some fruity drinks. So that's why any tropical island will do for this one. I just want to spend a solid week with the following routine: wake up, lay on the beach, sunbathe, shower/get pretty, eat and drink the night away, sleep. Repeat for 6 more days. If I had to pick the top islands to visit, I would probably put St. Lucia & Punta Cana at the top of my list - but like I said, I am pretty easy to please. 


So what's on your travel bucket list? Did I miss any awesome places that you think I absolutely NEED to see in my lifetime?!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Because All The Cool Kids Are Doing It


I felt like since I didn't show up yesterday, I should make an effort today. But then today came and I'm just tired and cranky, so answering 50 questions is about all I can do. So I am thanking Allie & Juliette for doing this so that now I can, too. So let's just jump right into this survey and all feel nostalgic about how amazing MySpace surveys really were.

1. What are you wearing?  At the moment, a blue workout shirt and black yoga pants. We just walked during our lunch break at work, okay? I have nicer clothes to put back on.

2. Ever been in love? Yes.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Actually, I wouldn't call it "terrible" but I have had breakups that hurt and made me think I would never find happiness again. Wrong.

4. How tall are you? Only 5'4. I need to grow so that I have less weight to lose.

5. How much do you weigh? A combination of three numbers.

6. Any tattoos? Nope

7. Any piercings? Yes, but I am boring and they are just in my ears.

8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)? Marshall & Lily. I mean, can you really find a truer love than theirs?



9. Favorite show? Oh, there are so many. OITNB, Scandal, Grey's, The Walking Dead, HIMYM (reruns), Rules of Engagement... the list could really go on and on.

10. Favorite bands? I don't really have any favorite bands. I always hated this questions.

11. Something you miss? My bed.

12. Favorite song? Right now I am really feeling "Maps" and "Burnin' It Down"

13. How old are you? 24

14. Zodiac sign? Gemini.. but apparantly I could be a Cancer, too, because of when my birthday falls. So I am special because I can have either.

15. Quality you look for in a partner? Money. JUST KIDDING. I like humor and loyalty.

16. Favorite Quote? "Time heals all wounds" true and to the point.

17. Favorite actor?  Mark Wahlberg


18. Favorite color? Purple

19. Loud music or soft? Can I have something in between?

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? The couch and curl up under a blanket and watch some stupid trashy TV. Just kidding I do that when I'm not sad.

21. How long does it take you to shower? about 12 minutes - shaving included.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? About 15 minutes if my hair is up, 30 if it's down.

23. Ever been in a physical fight? 
No, I would be killed.

24. Turn on? Muscles and good smelling cologne.

25. Turn off? Douchery

26. The reason I started blogging? I was reading other people's blogs and I like to talk/write a lot, so there you have it.

27. Fears? Snakes and heights.

28. Last thing that made you cry? An argument over something DUMB with Tony.

29. Last time you said you loved someone? This morning before I left for work.

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? Just something that popped into my head. So sorry there isn't a cool story or anything.

31. Last book you read? Could not even tell you.

32. The book you’re currently reading? Nothing, but I am looking for something good to read in the car on the way to Canada.

33. Last show you watched? Uhhh I feel asleep watching Friends last night.

34. Last person you talked to? A co-worker.

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? Friend that lives nearby

36. Favorite food? Pizza. I could eat pizza all day every day.

37. Place you want to visit? I am doing a post on this tomorrow, so check back then.

38. Last place you were? The kitchen.

39. Do you have a crush? This is getting a little ridiculous...

40. Last time you kissed someone? This morning.

41. Last time you were insulted? I'm sure Tony said something semi-insulting this morning.

42. Favorite flavor of sweet? I thought sweet was a flavor? I am very confused. 


43. What instruments do you play? Nothing because I am cultured like that.

44. Favorite piece of jewelry? Engagement ring, oh and the earrings I am wearing today.

45. Last sport you played? HAHA. Does walking count? Or what about cycling?

46. Last song you sang? Maps.

47. Favorite chat up line? I don't do that.

48. Have you ever used it? See above.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone? I was at the beach with my friend this past weekend if that counts.

50. Who should answer these questions next? Anyone who decides to comment :)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap: Sunburn + Being Old.


Does anyone else feel like this summer is flying by? I really cannot believe that August is  halfway over. And things like going to the beach for the weekend really makes time go fast, too. So this little post will be a photo dump of my weekend of sunbathing and drinking/eating all things delicious.


We spent about 4 hours in the car Friday, but were able to get on the beach by 11 am. And we we're super intelligent and used tanning oil and not an ounce of sunblock. So that resulted in a lot of sunburn and painful showers. Also, it made us real tired and we were back in our hotel beds by 11 pm. #partyanimals. 

This is my version of a Kim K. pose. HA.

But before we acted like grannies, we did eat lots of crabs - a beach favorite of mine. And I thoroughly enjoyed a soft serve vanilla cone. So all was right in the world.



We got a good night's sleep and were back on the beach - this time with sunblock. We got a little smarter as the weekend went on. Can I just say how much fun it is to listen to other people's convos on the beach? And also there were so many cute little kids that my heart melted and I have never felt like that before. Obviously a sign that I am getting old and can't wait to have little monsters that I can call my own. But not for a few more years. 

Oh, and there was more sunburn. 


After our fun in the sun we went back to our room and showered/took a cat nap. Because we are old, remember? I tried to curl my hair and make it cute, but it wasn't really working for me. But I did get SOME cute pictures while it was still down. But it made its way into a pony tail by the time we got to the bar. Speaking of the bar, it was complete douche night where we went. And we had to pay a cover - something I am not fond of. But we had fun drinking and people watching.


We rode the drunk bus home and were in bed by 2 am. That's a little better, right?


It was time to start the trek back home, but before that we ate a delicious breakfast at the Dough Roller. It's kind of a tradition that we eat there before getting in a car for another 3.5+ hours. And there is always coloring, because now we have gone back to being 5 years old. Side note, it was kind of sad/funny that two 24-year-olds were sitting there coloring, while the actual 5-year-old at the table behind us was playing on an iPhone. Poor kids today. 


So it was a really fun little getaway. And I apologize if this post is anything but energetic, but I am really dragging today. And I have already started the countdown to my next trip - Niagara Falls! That is, if the government can issue Tony a passport and spell his name right this time. But that's another story for another blog post. 

Linking up with Bella for this one :)

Weekend Recap

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

#TBT: Beach Edition

In honor of me being super excited that today is my Friday (YAY) and that I am leaving for the beach tomorrow (DOUBLE YAY) I am going to do a little TBT - beach style. 


I am so glad that I make myself get down to the beach at least once a summer. Yes, it's only Ocean City, Maryland, but it's an ocean, sand and lots of bars/restaurants so it'll do. And I am even more happy that every year I make it a girls' trip. This year it's just me and my friend from college, but as you can see in past years it has been a group of us. 

Our weekends usually consist of a fun car ride down, laying out in the sun (bathed in tanning oil/lotion) until mid-afternoon, showers and/or naps in the hotel room, getting all prettied up, then roaming the streets to eat dinner and drink the night away. It's pretty simple, but it works and we always have a blast. 



And since I am talking about beach trips I think now is a good time to tell the story about the time I am pretty sure I got a concussion while vacationing. We were walking back to our hotel room and at the time I was obviously distracted by my phone or something and slammed my head directly into an air conditioning unit that was hanging out of a window. HARD. I blacked out for about 2.5 seconds while my best friend stood there and laughed hysterically. The rest of my night consisted of an ice bag and ice cream. You win some, you lose some. (Oh, and no alcohol was even involved.)

But all other trips have been pretty accident free. And there has been a good bit of drinking involved. So I am going to say that's a pretty good track record.



So here's to a fun weekend filled with sun, food & lots of drinks!

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