Friday Photo…

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Yes friends…that’s about where I’m at right now!

Except, it was the BOY who actually opened and devoured the frosting.  I just stole a taste and the symbolism for this image…ha ha!

Happy Friday!

33 Things to do While I’m 33

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Another year…where did it go?

Usually around birthdays, I get really introspective.  This year, I’m just really busy!  Happy, excited, and super busy!

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This past year has been an awesome one!  And I know that there are many more exciting things to come!  So I decided to come up with 33 fun, healthy, and random things to do while I’m 33…

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1. Do a century bike ride

2. Visit old friends

3. Drink more water

4. Plan a wedding

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5. Host a party

6. Volunteer

7. Complete another olympic distance tri

8. Teach at a yoga studio

9. Host Thanksgiving

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10. Read more non fiction

11. Drink bubbles with my SIL and her future SIL

12. Get facials

13. Buy new make up

14. Wear make up

15. Watch old movies

16. Meet a blogger friend

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17. Write an article

18. Donate to the animal shelter

19. Take a professional test

20. Take a photography class

21. Get a 6 pack (abs that is)

22. Cuddle with my kitten

23. Make new friends

24. Throw another fiesta

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25. Clean out my closets

26. Build strong arms

27. Survive an amazing bachelorette party

28. Write better thank you notes

29. Hike and camp

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30. Learn from my parents

31. Visit a new state

32. Play a tennis match with a friend

33. Keep it real!

 

What is on your list of things to do before your next birthday???

Fall Fiesta {Part Tres}

That’s it…I’ve decided to make the Fall Fiesta our annual tradition!

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Mustaches included!  After the success of our Wine About Winter Party, we discovered that our friends don’t drink much wine, but that they love to celebrate and have a good time!  So, we decided to add a beer tasting element to this year’s fiesta.  Each couple brought a 6 pack for everyone to try.

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Votes were tallied and prizes were awarded!  And then dinner (fajitas) were served.

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Followed by more games, beer trivia, and shenanigans!

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In the end, our party was a HUGE success!

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In the past, I have made baked and cooked a lot more for the party.  This year, I kept it simple. I made a Layered Mexican Salad  (sans chicken), my favorite Sangria, and a fantastic (and really easy) Churro Cheesecake.

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And I can’t even take credit, since my friend did most of the work on the salad : )

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A huge thank you to our incredible group of friends!

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We are so lucky to have such a great crew!  Cheers to more celebrations to come!

Five for Friday XXVI

1. I haven’t meant to neglect blogging this week, but we got new medical records at work.  That combined with planning and running has made for a busy, blog free week.  I also meant to do a photo-a-day August post and didn’t make it past the 3rd of the month.  Ooops!

 

2. I ran 4 miles this morning and it was so hot and humid that I was still sweating after my shower.  I’m hoping for better weather for tomorrow morning’s run!

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3.  I have been a reading machine lately!  I have to take a moment to re-recommend Reconstructing Amelia and add If I Stay to that list.

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4. Tomorrow is our Third Annual Fall Fiesta.  I am super excited because this year we’ve added a beer tasting.

5. My birthday is coming up and I am asking the BOY to get me a new yoga mat.  I am debating between a Lulu mat and a Mandala mat.  Any suggestions???

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What are you doing this weekend?

Planning and Running

I am not the girl who dreamed of her wedding as a child and has a huge notebook full of ideas from college.  I did, however, create a Pinterest board and I am attacking planning head on in hopes of creating a laid back, casual vibe.  However, for those of you who know me (or have heard about me from my mother), you know that my typical laid back, casual attitude requires LOTS of planning, post its, and lists.

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Ultimately, the most important thing is that the BOY and I are going to get married surrounded by our loved ones and begin our lives as husband and wife.  But man, there are A LOT of details that take figuring out before you get to that point.  Armed with a hidden Pinterest board of romantic ideas and lacy gowns, I decided that I would also need a notebook (I’m old school) to keep track of things and jot down all of the questions and notes that I have.  The first step, finding a venue, will be the most challenging.  Mostly because we don’t know exactly what we want, more of what we don’t want.  This week, I’ve been sending out emails left and right setting up meetings and tours (while secretly hoping that we can find a place as magnificent as the wineries in Napa and Sonoma).

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I’ve also been catching up on sleep and diving back into work after our week away.  What I needed to be doing this week was running.  My half marathon is 4 weeks from today.  Although I rocked my pre vacation long run, I haven’t done much more than 30 minute training runs since then…plus some biking and hiking.

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In order to run a healthy half marathon (even without a time goal), I need to spend more time running over these next few weeks!  I got started this morning with a 10 miler.  It was pretty slow and steady, and I finished the last few miles on tired legs.  But I got through it, sore glutes and all. 

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Despite feeling unprepared right now, for both my wedding and my race, I have a feeling everything will fall into place.  One of the best thing about running is it gives me plenty of time to think about wedding stuff.  Speaking of…my sister in law, fresh off planning her own wedding, came by today to sit on the couch with me after my run, talk wedding, and Pin pretty things.  She also brought me the sweetest basket of goodies, including an official wedding planning notebook.  Woo hoo!  She knows me so well!  Looks like I’m in good hands : )

I Did Not Retire in California…

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Although the thought crossed my mind : )

I didn’t forget about you guys either!  We had the most amazing trip to  Northern California, and it’s taken me a week to adjust to being back in the real world (but we’ll get to that). 

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The BOY and I began our trip in San Francisco…

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Eating Dim Sum in China town…

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Biking across the Golden Gait Bridge…

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Hugging trees in Muir woods…

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And eating and drinking our hearts out! Then, we headed out to visit the BOY’s aunt in the suburbs where we continued to eat, drink, and enjoy the unbelievably perfect California weather.

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Even tacking on a bit of hiking…

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Before driving further north to wine country.  It has been a dream of mine to visit Napa and Sonoma for years.

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Our first stop was Castello Di Amorosa and the trip only got better from there.  Between the wine tastings, picnics, and homemade antipasto plates, Napa did not disappoint.

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We toured fancy wineries, tasting delicious wines, and discovered some hidden gems.

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But, it was the laid back vibe of Sonoma that won our hearts!

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We spent a day in the Alexander Valley, sipping red wine and picnicing next to the vineyards.

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It was everything I imagined and more!  We bought so many bottles of wine, we’ll have enough for a year!  And we are already talking about our next trip back.

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We packed a ton into our 8 day trip, but the highlight…I would have to say…

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We got engaged in Muir Woods!!!

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And we couldn’t be happier!!!

Let the wedding planning begin (oh wait…it already has)…hence my lack of blogging!

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Check In and Check Out

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Can a runner that doesn’t run, wake up Saturday morning and crank out an 8 mile training run?!

For sure!  And it feels sooo good to be a runner that runs again.

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13.1 here I come!  I put it off last night, but I did want to take a look at my July goals…mostly that’s because I didn’t even remember them.  Oops!

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July Goals

1. Get stronger & continue with daily ab work-I am stronger for sure, but since June I’ve totally slacked on the ab work.

2. Start half marathon training (I’m running a race in September)-Although I’ve had my share of Running Woes this month (namely one nasty sinus infection), I am signed up for a half marathon.  This morning’s long, slow run was a success!

3. Cook farmer’s market meals-I have not been making it to the market as often as I want to.  Hoping to get there more often moving forward!

4. Do Yoga-Yes! Taking amazing classes and teaching adorable kids and teens.  Yoga continues to be a special part of my day!

 

August Goals

1. Go to the farmer’s market and eat more greens

2. Throw a fiesta

3. Progress half marathon training

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And now that we’re all caught up, it’s time to check out and head off to the west coast!

See you next week!

What are your August goals?