Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Defining Self

Change can be frightening.  Fearing the unknown, expecting things to turn out a certain way and having those things go the exact opposite direction, and maybe not knowing exactly how you landed in your current predicament are all extremely unsettling feelings.

But it can also be an opportunity to recreate who you are.  I don't necessarily mean change who you are, but add to who you are.  Because let's face it...whether we like to admit it or not, even as adults, we are products of our environment.  We conform and mold and assimilate to the people around us.  Hopefully in most cases, we surround ourselves with people that bring out our best, and make us even better.  Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.

With what I've been through over the past several months, I've struggled to deal with and accept the ever-changing roller coaster that I was riding.  In the end, I embraced it.  I realized that it wouldn't be easy, and accepted that there would be some super crappy days ahead, but each day was a new day that I was allowed to be the person that I wanted to be and the person who I loved and created.  Each day was, and is, given to me to make the best out of me and the things that are presented to me.  And that's what I choose to do.  I've defined this new life as one of happiness, one of self worth, one of enjoyment in the simple things.  And friends, I'll be honest...I'm in love with this life!

How do you handle change?  If it's not your favorite, I challenge you to see it in a different light, and take it on as an opportunity, rather than the fateful demise of your life!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!


I want to thank the men and women of our military who have in the past and who are currently serving our county.  Your willingness to protect your fellow Americans is beyond admirable.  I appreciate you, and congratulate you on your bravery.  Absolutely AMAZING!  Thank you!

Friends, I hope your Memorial Weekends have been fun and safe!  

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Three Day Weekend: Why did you take so long to come see me?  I love you and I am excited to see you!  Now, let's make the most of it!
Dear Michael Crichton Book: Please be better than 50 Shades of Grey.  Don't worry ladies, I'm not totally giving up on Christian, but holy hell...the writing is horrid.  I made it through Ch. 2 without completely rewriting it, but oh. my. goodness.  It better be as good as you all say it is.  In the mean time, moving on...

Dear Gym Friends: Thanks for inviting me to lunch on Monday and officially making me one of the cool kids!  I'm super excited!
Dear Lawn Taker Carer Guy: You rock, and I totally appreciate you!  Thank you so very much!  I promise I'll start remembering to pick up dog poo the night before. 
Dear Readers of This Here Blog: Thank you so very much for following along for the last few months.  I really appreciate you and think you totally rock and mushy gushy stuff like that.  

Have incredible weekends my friends!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Almost There

We're almost there.
Friday is just around the corner.
And it's a three day weekend.
And it's going to be good!

Have an awesome day!

Inspiration for Perspiration

I noticed this quote on a chalk board at the gym this morning...and it reminded me that I absolutely love it!

At least a couple of time a week, people at the gym (usually older, usually a bit overweight) come up to me and tell me that I'm an inspiration to them.  They see me working out, and if they've been around long enough, have seen my transformation, and it encourages them to keep coming back.

Truth be told, every single one of these people INSPIRES ME to keep coming back!  The fact that they are at the gym working out and getting sweaty is reason enough for me to get my butt out of bed the next morning at 4:30.  I absolutely love it when someone tells me that I'm an inspiration, because to me, that means I'm spreading my positive aura and energy and it is causing that person to get up and move!  And that's what I tell each and every one them...GREAT WORK because you made the decision to be here today, and that's winning more than half the battle!! 

What or who do you find inspiration in?  What drives you to get up and get moving?

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Today was Day One of Workday Sans Coffee.  And this girl is not a fan.  I arrived at work on time, so I guess that's a plus, but 15 minutes in, I couldn't stop yawning. And then coworkers started streaming in asking about the weekend.  Usually when this happens, I pick up my beloved iced grande iced coffee, add shot, 1 pump sugar free vanilla, light ice, nonfat iced coffee (yeah, I know, ridiculous, but so perfect!) and chat it up.  So as my lovely friends were talking to me, I was obsessing...i want coffee i want coffee i want coffee.  DANG IT!

The good ol' days...

I started really thinking about this, why I was obsessing.  I've really been paying attention to my "obsessions" lately...trying to figure out where they are coming from.  I decided that my morning coffee is pure habit, that's why I wanted it so very badly.  I didn't have coffee at all over the weekend, and I was just fine.  But at work, in the morning, I drink an iced coffee.  It's what I do.  And this morning I didn't.  And it was rough.

I don't consider drinking coffee to be a bad habit, but it is a costly habit (therefore, sort of bad).  And I'm certain that when I arrive home from work on Wednesday and my lawn if perfectly manicured, I will appreciate sans coffee work days.

On to good habits.  When people find out that I work out twice a day, they say to my face "dedication," but I'm sure most people think "obsessed."  I promise, I'm not obsessed.  I'm only there for 45 minutes or so at a time, and I don't have that amount of time to dedicate to only afternoon or morning alone, and I really like working out in the morning...I feel it starts my day off on the right foot.

"Keep my word positive. Words become my behaviors. Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits. Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values. Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny."
~Mahatma Gandhi~
So, I hear you pondering...how can I make exercise a habit?  Friends, here's the truth...30 minutes five days a week. I bet you can find that amount of time.  And REMEMBER...Saturday and Sunday are days too!  This doesn't need to be Monday through Friday.  And it doesn't need to be time spent at the gym.  30 minutes walking the dog.  30 minutes doing a workout video.  30 minutes riding bikes with the kids.  Done and done.  It's that easy.  And before you know it, you'll develop a habit!

Oh, and for ugly habits...I'm going with picking your nose in public.  So gross.  Don't do it.

What habits will you dedicate yourself to?  And which ones will you get rid of?  Do it...NOW!!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Ahhhhh...the weekend.  AMAZING!  I was afraid it was going to be a bit less exciting than previously expected because plans changed, but low and behold...it was incredible.  

Thompson Hill Meritage

Time with The Crew, great friends, incredible food, time well spent.  

Thompson Hill View

Happy hour after work Friday that turned into an all evening event.

Super relaxed Saturday that included a run, a little shopping, a much needed nap, and then just relaxing with friends on the patio...my absolute favorite activity.  

Nourishment after hiking...along with croissant french toast...perfection!

Awesome hike/run (hike up the steep side of Badger, run down the back side) this morning, followed by breakfast at the parents of one of the Ryans....umm, friends, three words: croissant french toast.  Yeah, it happened and it was so very scrumptious!!  

And as I sat around the breakfast table this morning, I looked at the people who surrounded me and felt a deep sense of peace and gratitude and love and fulfillment.  The only way I can explain it is to compare it to the sense of peace I experienced at Hadley Flynn's birthday.  My entire family and extended family, everyone in harmony, enjoying the reason that brought us all together that day.  Today, and to be honest, all weekend, I felt this.  I spent the entire weekend with The Crew (formally known as the Wolfpack and the Spoons), and it was perfection!

Dinner...chicken enchiladas!

How were you weekends?  I don't know about you, but I'm ready to take on this next week...LET'S DO THIS!!  

Have an awesome day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Carrot Cake Cookies: Thank you kindly for entering my mouth.  
A-MA-ZING!  Secret recipe?  Yes. Heaven in my mouth?  Absolutely!   
Dear Starbucks Girls: I already miss you so very much.  But my lawn looks awesome...and I didn't do it!  YAHOO!  I'll see you girls next Thursday!   
Dear Weekend: There were some awesome plans for this weekend.  They're still there, but changed up a tad.  You're beginning to feel a bit low key...like, too low key.  Let's work on that, K?
Dear Sokol Blosser Meditrina: You are luscious and flavorful and I love you.  I'm confused as to why the wine maker decided you needed to be excused from the tasting room, but I will continue to buy you as long as I can find you.   
Dear Workout Buddy: I hope you can walk tomorrow.  You've done great work this week.  Thanks for joining me!

Friends, have happy and safe weekends!  Cheers!

Linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds. Go check her out!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Soooo...I've got nothing.  I mean, I have nothing of pure value to add to your day.  I know, I know...how will you EVER go on?!  Friends, it's OK...your Thursdays will continue to move forward without my words of wisdom.

But, to replace the wisdom, I have weird random photos for you today.  Please contain your overjoyment (red lined = not a real word) and ecstaticly excited excitedness (have we met? Yes, I make up words).  

Yes, my hair looks like crap.  I hate air conditioning, so I roll down the windows.
And no, I'm not driving naked.

I took this for my friend, Brian Odell, because he's Audi-obsessed.
And because we don't see such fancy cars in the Tri Cities very often.  LOL!

Pan roasted chicken with rosemary red wine sauce, served over quinoa.
It's what was for dinner.  Be jealous.

That's it loves!  Happy freaking Thursday! 

Have an awesome day!

I Work Out

At the gym, I tend to be a wolf pack of one.  I like to get in, sweat it out, and move on with my day.  I chat a little with my regular people that I see every morning, but I'm on a schedule, and I stick to it.

As I mentioned yesterday, I've taken on a student.  A new friend asked if she could start lifting with me in the mornings because she needs the accountability and wants to add strength training to her work outs.  So now I have a workout buddy...and it's working out beautifully!  I'm still fairly close to on schedule each morning (because I'm a crazy routine-oriented girl...to a fault sometimes), and I get to teach someone about what I'm doing.  That last part motivates me to do more and do better and really focus on every move that I make.  So far, win-win! 

So, my question to you, my dear lovies...what can I do to help you?  Whatever it may be, how can I bring more sunshine to your day? 

Will sharing pics of The Boy and Monk help?  Yeah, I thought so!  :)

Don't worry, he's not dead. Just hot.  :)

I just LOVE HIM!!! 

Random signs of summer

Have awesome days friends!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I woke up at 4:15 this morning (yes, that's a.m.) ready. to. go!  But then I realized today was the first day I was strength training a friend and that she wouldn't be at the gym until 4:50.  So I went back to bed for 15 minutes.  And fell asleep.  And was totally groggy when the alarm went off at 4:30.  Bummer.

When I left the gym at 5:45 this morning, it was already 60 degrees!  I LOVE mornings like this!  HOORAY FOR SUMMER!

I made a very difficult decision yesterday.  I am going to give up my daily Starbucks run so that I can hire a lawn boy.  That is how much I HATE edging.  I don't mind mowing, but edging actually makes me angry...in my core, angry.  I have reasons for this anger that I won't discuss here because they don't matter.  Point is, good bye coffee, hello lawn boy!

I am totally addicted to the song "Call Me Maybe." Like, completely love it and it puts me in the very bestest of moods.  And every time I hear it, I think of Kristie.  And it makes me smile even more. Is that weird?

I wish I was wearing a hat today.  Or a ponytail.  Not the best of hair days.  But my outfit is pretty cute, so I guess that makes up for it.

I decided to purchase a new fiber/false lash mascara.  Figured I'd give it a shot.  I managed to blink the fibers into my contacts this morning, which caused black mascara eye and a redo on the make up.  So far, fiber/false lash mascara is not worth the extra cash.

One month from tomorrow, I'll be participating in The Dirty Dash and I'm so excited!!  We've created an awesome team and it's going to be so much fun!  GO RUNNING ON EMPTY!!! 

I appreciate every single one of you so very much!  Thank you for taking time out of your day to hang out with me!

Have awesome days friends!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekend in Review

FRIENDS!!!  The sun and heat have arrived, and it was paradise!  It was a booked solid, crazy sort of weekend, but still, absolutely fabulous!

And I went to a photography lecture last week.  And I learned some stuff.  Sorry for the photo dump!  :)

Ummm...self explanatory!  Still too early for most of the goodness,
but so excited that it's open!

1-The need for a large fruit bowl
3-The Ryans

Evann spying on the baby birds in the bird house

I hope you all had marvelous weekends, and happy Momma's Day to you too!  
Have amazing weeks friends!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday's Letters

Linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds today.  Go say hi to Ashley!


Dear Weekend: You are packed full of goodness and I'm so very excited to be home and busy!  Now, to just accomplish everything...but the farmer's market tomorrow is a MUST.  So make it happen...or else!

Dear Mom: You ROCK!  Thank you so very much for being amazing and supportive!  I love you!

Dear Sunshine: I am so very much in love with you and so thankful that you'll be heating up the planet for an extended amount of time starting today.  SO VERY EXCITED!!!!!

Dear Friday: Ice cream social on the patio at work at noon?  YES PLEASE!

Dear New Wedges: (not wedgies, you weirdos!) It was love at first sight and I'm so very thankful that I gave into you.  You are beautiful and treat my feet so very well.  Thank you!

Have amazing weekends friends!  And happy Mother's Day to my (human and fur) momma blogger friends! 


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Fun Day

Because my day is desperately in need of humor and Hannah Hart...

And I'm certain that your day is in need of this too.


Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Words From the Wise

I am one lucky girl!

BBFs (Bloggity Blog Friends) and IRLF/F (In Real Life Family/Friends), thank you for your many words of support and kindness and awesomeness!  What an amazing group of people I have in my life!

Just wanted to let you all know that I appreciate you deeply, and that I'm thankful every single day for each and every one of you!  

This morning, I received this note from my favorite Poop Face...

Ang -
love the person you are
in a bar
in a car
living near or afar
no matter what
you're always a superstar.
You light up a room
whether winged or on a broom
then your heart, smile, and personality hit like a sonic boom.
I've seen you grow beyond your years
surely you've shown some love and shed some tears
headed into the unknown and faced your fears.
Among the dark and dreary days
you never cease to amaze
as you set any scene ablaze
with the fire in your eyes
and passion in your heart
that's what truly sets you apart.
The world may be filled with fools
but Ang...she simply rules!

Totally made me smile and giggle.  :)

Friends, have AMAZING days!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Sometimes I Forget

...that I have an audience.

...that people read my words.

...that people might be hurt or surprised by my words.

...that I'm writing and sharing in a public forum.

...that what I say can affect people in a less than positive way (because my main goal is positivity...if you hadn't noticed).

But sometimes these other things are true. And they're in my head. And i need to get them out. And I promise I'm not trying to hurt anyone. And I apologize if I have. This is where I write and this is how I heal. I love you!

[insert obligatory photos here]

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Notes on Falling In Love

I was in Portland (again...) this weekend.  I had a coffee date with a girlfriend, Hadley Flynn's birthday party was Saturday afternoon, and then I had the opportunity to see my old Oregon Medical Board peeps (woohooo!!).

Yeah, I know...I have the cutest nephew and niece ever.  Thanks!

It was a most incredible weekend...and it made me realize...

I'm falling in love with my city again.  Like I mentioned before, over the past month, I've been able to see a ton of people that I haven't seen in way too long. And I've driven around the city with my eyes wide open.  And it is beautiful!

The place where I grew up had become a symbol of unhappiness.  Everything I had loved and enjoyed about the area had evaporated.  Now, I'm able to spend more time with my family.  I'm able to have coffee dates and go to bachelorette/Cinco de Mayo parties. I'm able to breathe...and it feels good.

My sister told me this weekend that she had missed me while I was "gone."  That made me sad, but it also made me happy because I know that I don't have to be gone anymore.

So, Portland, consider this a love note.  I'm diggin' you baby!  (Not enough to move back though.  Sorry everyone!)

Now...on to the picture show!

She was so radiant on this afternoon!

Oh Claire... 

The Medical Board crew.  Man, I miss these kids!

I mustache you a question...

For real...it was this good.  

I hope you all had fabulous weekends!  Make it a great week friends!

Have an awesome day!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Miss Flynnigan!

My dearest Hadley Flynn,

I can't believe you're five years old today! 

You (and your brother!) are incredible blessings in my life...all of our lives.

You're turning into such a smarty-sassy pants, and I love it (even if it drives your mom nuts)!  And your princess mentality is so awesome! 

Your smile is infectious, and your laugh contagious.

Happy birthday, my beautiful niece!  You are amazing and I'm so very thankful to have you in my life!

Love you Hads!
Auntie Ang