Thursday, February 25, 2010

swimsuits cont.

Ok, found some new swimsuit options this morning when I opened up an e-mail from Aerie (love that place) So here are the new ones...

Feedback is appreciated :)

Also, sorry the pictures are not just of the swimsuit. Please note that this is not a realistic interpretation of how this swimsuit will look on me. Just sayin...

Friday, February 19, 2010

i'm obsessed

Ok…remember when I went through that running phase? You know, where I went out and got fit for running shoes and then bought a new pair of $100 Asics on a whim? Yeah, that didn’t last long. I was running about 3 miles a day before I realized I didn’t like running. In fact, I hated running. I dreaded it. And when it got cold outside…well that confirmed the end of my running days. Let’s just say I never experienced the “runner’s high.” Is that even real?

As fate would have it, just as I was phasing out of my running stage I was entering into a newfound love with zumba. And now I’m obsessed. It’s so fun. I think I like it best because you don’t even feel like you are exercising…its just like dancing and goofing off for a straight hour. What could be better? It’s one of few things I’ve found in Lynchburg that I think I would actually miss if I left. Sure there is zumba everywhere, but there are 3 big reasons I love zumba HERE so much.

1. I go with Jess. It is one hour 2-3 times a week where I just get to spend an hour hanging out with her. I think when you live with people you unintentionally take each other for granted. I know I do. You don’t think to make time for people you live with because, well, you live with them.

2. Our instructor. She is so much fun! In fact, Jess and I frequently check the YMCA schedule and plan what zumba classes we go to around the ones she teaches. I really want to be friends with her, but how do you say that without looking like a total loser?

3. I can literally walk across the street from my apartment to get to the YMCA. Pretty hard to make excuses not to go to the gym when you are sitting in the living room staring at it from the window.

I haven’t traded in my new Asics for dancing shoes yet, but I’ve thought about it at least more than once…

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"frosted" apple strudel

I did it, I judged a book by its cover…I went into taste testing the apple strudel pop-tarts with the preconceived notion that a frosting drizzle simply would not suffice. And upon first bite, I was right. But just like the saying, by the end, my mind had shifted (at least when I ate them warm!!)

Toasted: It tasted just like warm apple pie! Definitely the most delicious and enjoyable way to consume this pop-tart. Wow!

Frozen: Eh…not bad. An improvement from the “as is” but NOTHING compared to having it warm and toasty!

As Is: I’ve had better flavored apple strusel Fiber One bars. In fact I’d even prefer an apple pie a la cold stone jellybelly to these “as is.”

Pop Tart Fact: The pop tart is the only “mailable” pastry, being about the size of a postcard, and it weighs in at first class postage rate, which means you can mail a pop tart anywhere in the country for the cost of a stamp!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

sew what?

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

I had a great V-day weekend…starting with my escape from the North Pole (aka Lynchburg) I went to my aunt’s house in RVA and my parents came up for a nice home cooked meal. Sure beats the beans (hey – they are only 88 cents!) and cereal I eat on the daily at home. My uncle is a chef. Well, that’s not his REAL job, but I think he could take Bobby Flay in a throwdown any day - he’s THAT good. We had 3 different types of shrimp, 2 versions of rice pilaf, corn, grilled zucchini, and bananas foster. It was delicious!

After my parents left, my aunt gave me my very first sewing lesson. My mom wouldn’t let me take teen living in middle school b/c she thought it was a waste since she could practically teach me the curriculum at home. So while my friends were baking snickerdoodles and sewing cool boxer shorts, I was in drama and art . That got me far. Needless to say, I had never sewn. Ever. We decided to stick with something simple, a potholder. And by simple I really mean, it only took 3 hours. I wouldn’t exactly say sewing is my gift. All of my dreams of designing and creating my own fashion line quickly went out the window. The people on Project Runway make it look so easy! I think I did ok for a first timer though…

The next morning we got up and were treated to another home cooked breakfast a la my uncle! And then, just for fun, my aunt showed me this site called (I think that’s right) Basically, it shows you the base salary you should have based on your position, education, location, and company size. It was all fun and games until I soon learned that a janitor with a high school education in Lynchburg that works for a company with under 25 employees makes more than I do. Awesome.

We spent the rest of the day window shopping and eating, two of our favorite things to do! I think I found the swimsuit I want this summer. Which do you like better?

And that’s about it! Kerri is in town from Boston this week and I am SO excited. I met her after work last night and we caught dinner and a movie. I feel so bad that I have to work everyday she is here (including Saturday) so I have to sneak in time with her during my lunch breaks and when I get home from work. I wish she could stay longer! I’ll update on our adventures later in the week.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

state of emergency

This morning I woke up to another winter wonderland. 5 years ago this would have made me more giddy than a kid in a toy store, but this time as I looked out the window I immediately found myself trying to map out the safest way to get out of Wyndhurst. Is that a sign of getting old?

While my roommates (and lets be honest - most of this city) slept soundly in their safe beds, I got ready for work per the usual routine...only this morning when I was doing my devo the Lord revealed the most relevant verses to me...

From Job 37: 6-7 (NCV)... He says to the snow "Fall on the earth," and to the shower, "Be a heavy rain." With it, he stops everyone from working so everyone knows it is the work of God."

I wish my boss had read that this morning.

A few verses later and I began feeling a little convicted...(vs.14)
Job, listen to this: Stop and notice God's miracles.

Despite what a big nuisance the snow is, it really is such a miracle. I remember how magical it seemed when I was a kid, how I felt like I could just stare out the window at it for hours. I remember that just the THOUGHT of snow would keep me up at night b/c I would constantly check out the window to see if it had arrived.

Those reflective thoughts stayed with me for a good half an hour before I had to go outside and scrape the pile of snow off my car with a tiny ice scraper...a 20 minute process that is necessary b/c apparently it is illegal to drive with snow on your car. Want to know what I think should be illegal? Having to drive to work when the weather is bad.

I will be asking the Lord for an attitude adjustment this morning...

Monday, February 8, 2010

snowed in. round 2.

This weekend I was snowed in...AGAIN! Although this time it was considerably more enjoyable b/c Leslie came over with the intentions of getting "snowed in" with me. The snow started early on Friday morning which meant NO WORK ON FRIDAY!!! And by "no work" I really mean "work from home" but hey - I'll take working in a rocking chair watching the snow outside my window over a wheely chair in a cubicle any day! Leslie and I had a really fun time and we did all of the things that typically accompany a snow day (only ours lasted the entire weekend). We made snow ice cream, watched more movies than I can count on one hand, got addicted to Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, painted our nails, gave each other makeovers, did crafts, slept, and consumed more junk food in 2 days than anyone should have in a lifetime. It was great. All of this snowed in bliss lasted until about dinnertime on Saturday when we realized we only had 1 Diet Dr.Pepper left. Our caffeine addiction (and perhaps a little cabin fever) finally forced us to venture out. Notice that previously we had not left the apartment -other than the 2 minutes it took to collect snow for our ice cream - this is because we have gotten pounded with so much snow lately that we don't even want to play in it anymore. Lucky for us, the roads were perfectly clear and we got to enjoy dinner out! Tomorrow it is supposed to start snowing again and I'm sort of dreading it, mostly b/c I know the entire city will be shut down and I will still have to work. This is especially hard when my roommates do not have to go into work and I do. Jealous? Yes, yes I am. Every time I think about having to drive in that slippery snow to get to work visions of my car flying into the middle of the intersection in Wyndhurst pop into my head - just a little glimpse of what last Monday morning looked like for me. I think I'm still shaken up from it. Here's to hoping I can stay inside the lines tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"bacon is good for me"

Quite possibly my favorite YouTube video ever...