Tuesday, May 31, 2011

apparently i forget to take pictures.

I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend! We did, and I'm so thankful for the rest and relaxation the weekend brought.

While we had a ton of fun, I am terrible at taking pictures, so while it looks like we only did one thing all weekend {according to my lack of photos}, I promise we did not! :)

Friday:
Hubs and I took half days and met for lunch at Taverna. After a quick trip to Target, we parked ourselves on the couch for the remainder of the day (leftovers from lunch, anyone?) and it was wonderful.

Saturday:
We met my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at their house and went to the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Can I please just say that that was the most I have ever sweated IN MY LIFE? It was fun (especially the two hours we got to sit in my sister-in-law's company box with air conditioning, hallelujah), but needless to say, the boys will be leaving us at home next year. I think the most fun part for me was watching the "Dallas Plastic Surgery" crowd. Seriously, y'all, I felt like I was in a Brooks Brothers/J. Crew catalog all day long. Wedges (on a golf course, what?), floofy dresses, big hats...I was appalled.

{Sitting in my sister-in-law's company box on the 17th green}

{Watching Vijay Singh}

{Hubs and my BIL}

...and here's what happens when you only put sunscreen on your shoulders and back. Seriously?! I know better than this. All I can say is: re-apply, re-apply, re-apply. I am so mad at myself! Thankfully, it looks way worse than it feels.


Sunday:
While my sweet hubs was playing golf, he booked me a massage for that afternoon! I was beyond excited because the past two weeks have been insane. Bless the poor massuse's heart, she was like, "Wow, I thought this would be a lot easier, but girl! You have knots!"
Needless to say, best massage of my life. 

Later that afternoon, I made Sprinkles cupcakes for my mother-in-law's annual Memorial Day party. Seriously, I thought it was going to be the typical open-the-package-add-one-egg-and-some-oil. Oh no. This was like, using a mixer, confectioner's sugar, tons of butter, egg whites...! I kept telling Brandon that these were a labor of love. :) 

(Oh, and please excuse the lack of 'buttons' on the three cupcakes in the middle. I had enough batter and icing left over to make three extras, but they only give you 12 decorative buttons!)

Monday:
We attended my in-law's annual Memorial Day party. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sun, food, enough desserts to last two weeks and good friends...needless to say, I am sunned, full and sleepy! Back to yoga (and the diet today). Womp womp.

I'm so excited, also, that one of my bests, Emily and her {brand new!} husband Austin have finally and officially moved to Dallas! They're coming over tonight to watch the first game of the NBA Finals with us and I couldn't be more excited. Go Mavs!

Friday, May 27, 2011

long weekend.

I am so excited for the long weekend.

This weekend, as we take the time to reflect on and thank our military for their sacrifice and service to our country, I will be thinking about my Paw-Paw, who served in World War II. He is still living, and I am so thankful for him, and all of our military - former and present - for everything they've done for our country.

We have lots of "no plans," which include:

Lunch with my husband today at Taverna

Laying out by the pool at our apartment's country club


Skinny Girl (and Boy) margaritas

Consuming insane amounts of hamburgers and hot dogs


...and ice cream. (There's something about Memorial Day that just makes me crave hot dogs and ice cream.)


Going to the HP Byron Nelson Championship with my husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law


Sleeping late

And eating homemade brunch.


I hope y'all have a safe, happy Memorial Day weekend. And please, take the time to thank a member of our military (or a veteran) for their service to our country. Without them, we wouldn't have the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

Happy weekending!

{All photos via weheartit}

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

my new dessert.

I love dessert. LOVE it. 

Bread pudding, creme brulee, yellow cake with chocolate icing, chocolate-covered strawberries, trifle, cookies, tiramisu...love it.

But now that I'm on this "diet," my "dessert" is this:


One tablespoon of Smart Balance crunchy peanut butter with 1/4 teaspoon honey. (Which, by the way, is gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan...well, the peanut butter anyway. Fancy.)

Yum, right? {Hence the sarcasm.}

I always want something sweet after my meal, so this is just gonna have to do. Gotta love protein. 
BTW, I'll have you all know that this is in our little "Fruit Saucers" not some big ol' bowl! The camera angle makes it look huge! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Bullet Points

Whew! What a busy day! As I'm watching "The Biggest Loser," finale, I'm going to give you a few bullet points:

  • Yoga is going great! After just three times of doing it (and eating A LOT better), I'm feeling less tired, more flexible and can defintiely feel the endorphins kicking in!
  • Speaking of eating better, I've decided to really be cognizant of what I'm eating, so I've begun telling Brandon what I ate that day. Accountability, if you will. Today I had: half a cup of coffee and a 100 calorie protein bar for breakfast; 1 Light & Fit yogurt, another 100 calorie protein bar and two peach slices for lunch; yet another 100 calorie protein bar for a snack (I know, I know. I am only going to eat two a day from now on -- they're just so easy!); and for supper we're having pork tenderloin (the other white meat!), asparagus and brown rice. Healthy!
  • It's raining...a lot...in Dallas. I'm so tired of being under a tornado watch or warning and hearing about hail! Where's the sun?!
  • The UPS guy literally just delivered my "The Biggest Loser" weight loss workout yoga DVD. To say I'm excited would be an understatement.
  • Can I tell you how fast this day went? We were so busy. I literally looked up and it was 4 p.m. What tha what?
  • As bad as it is, I just love The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Drama at its finest. 
  • I don't like Ashley H. So, we will not be watching The Bachelorette this season. And yes, I said "we." Brandon watches it with me. No shame.
  • I can smell the tenderloin cooking and my tummy is growling. So now I have to go cook the asparagus and brown rice. Adios, my friends!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wheelin' and Dealin'

Let's face it: I am out of shape and need to lose weight.


I've always prided myself in my quick metabolism and my ability to never have to work out. 

But you know what? A 9-hour work day (of which I'm on my butt for about 8.5 of those hours), combined with being too tired to work out when I got home, and then marriage kicked in ("Oh, you're having seconds? Me too!") and now I'm 10 pounds over my ideal weight...and weigh the most I ever have in my life.
So, after seeing sweet Emily this weekend and her telling me about yoga, I decided: that's it. I'm doing it. I'm {finally} going to start working out. Eating healthier. Maintaining portion control. Yoga, here I come!

Bottom line: I can't fit into any but two pairs of my pants, I hate the way my face and arms look in pictures and it's high time I work out. More than anything, it's to make myself feel better. The number on the scale doesn't matter as long as I feel better, look better...and can wear my pants again. :)

So, yesterday I ordered "The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Weight Loss Yoga"(and of course made a trip to Target for some yoga pants) and while I'm waiting for my DVD to come in, I did the "Cardio Recovery Yoga" disc on Brandon's "Insanity" work out (of which I'm about to do in about 10 minutes). 

So, wish me luck!

Oh, and the whole point of this post's title is this:
I'm a crappy self-motivator. I wish I were kidding. No, like seriously, I suck at motivating myself.

So, my husband knows what motivates me: shopping.  We made a deal that when I get to my ideal weight (10 pounds to go!) that I get to spend $100 at Ann Taylor Loft. And for every month I keep it off and maintain my ideal weight, I get to buy one thing from the sale rack there. 

Pretty good deal, eh? 

Happy Monday! I'm off work today and get to do the fun task of transferring my vehicle title from my Dad's name to mine; taking a passport photo and sending that in (finally) and going to the dry cleaners. Riveting.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Emily's Wedding Weekend!

This weekend was Emily and Austin's wedding weekend, and it was absolutely beautiful. 

Emily was a gorgeous bride and Austin was a handsome groom. The wedding in Ruston was so lovely and we are so happy for them and can't wait for them to be in Dallas with us. We hope you two have fun in Maine, and we love you! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!
Putting on her dress. So lovely!


Her mother tying the bow on her dress.


I absolutely loved her monogram (with her maiden name) inside her dress. What an awesome idea!


...and then her married monogram on the ribbon of her bouquet. So neat!


Isn't she lovely? She did her own hair and make-up...move over, Kate Middleton.


Her precious shoes.


Putting on her veil.


With the bride. Love you!


I can't wait to see the professional photos. Just this one with my iPhone was beautiful!


I thought it was so cute that she was sitting on the floor of the bride's room, in her shorts and veil for a quick manicure.


Their monogram was on the wall of the Norton Building in Ruston. SO cute.


Em loves birds, so those little guys were everywhere. So cute.


The yummy bride's cake. They also had amazing pralines and coffee.


With the hubs...and 100% humidity. Bye bye, curls.


Their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Wall.


Tossing her bouquet.


Austin removing her garter. I love her face!


BFFs since the summer before 10th grade.


Leaving!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Washington, D.C. via my iPhone.

Oh, what a two days I have had.

I wish that I could say they've been fantastic and that my trip was wonderful. Unfortunately, it was literally a series of unfortunate events and I'm so ready to just sleep.

Let's get started, shall we?

We left DFW on Tuesday afternoon and our flight was a bit delayed due to some crazy bathroom problem, and then the guy I was sitting next to took my laptop cord and I took his. Lovely.

I had dinner with my cousin LeAnn and her sweet boyfriend, then we went on a quick walking tour to see the White House the next morning. After that was our awards ceremony (we won!) and then we headed for the airport.

And here's where it gets tricky. Let me bullet point it out, shall I?

  • We checked into our flight and they made me check my bag at the gate because there "wasn't enough room in the overhead bins."
  • We got on our aircraft and sat on the tarmac for 30 minutes.
  • They then canceled our flight due to a mechnical problem.
  • Because they checked my stupid bag, I had to go outside of security to get my bag at baggage claim.
  • It was at baggage claim that I realized I had left my purse on the plane.
  • After a brief freak out on the TSA man who wouldn't let me go back through security to get my purse ("Ma'am, I need to see your ID." "Um, sir, my ID is in my purse." "Then I can't let you go." "THEN YOU GO GET IT!!!!!") and a few tears, he walked {as slow as molasses} back to my gate and retrieved my purse.
  • We then re-booked our flight to the 8:05 p.m. flight and got on the standby list for the 6:45 p.m. flight.
  • Then, I went back through security {again} with my purse and was chosen as the recipient of a pat-down by TSA. Lovely.
  • We didn't get on the 6:45 p.m. flight. Fab.
  • We got on the 8:05 p.m. flight, which was delayed due to weather. I wish I was kidding.
  • We departed FINALLY at 9-something, and got to Dallas at 11:30 p.m.
  • And now, after 6 hours of sleep and a ponytail and no make-up at work later, we're swamped. And I have to take off tomorrow to drive to Louisiana. And then come back on Sunday. And I'm taking off on Monday because I am (and will be) ever-loving exhausted. And guess who has some fabulous deadlines due Friday and Monday? Hi. I'm raising my hand right now.
  • I want to cry. No, seriously. I want to cry.

And now for photos:

The Washington Monument as seen riding in our cab.

The White House in 10 minutes. 



The Treasury Department (or something) as seen walking back to our hotel. I wanted to knock on the door to see if they would give me some money. But I didn't.


The Jefferson Memorial (with the Washington Monument in the background), as seen by our precious client pulling over on the side of the road so I could take a picture. 


The Pentagon, as seen by our sweet client getting lost accidentally-on-purpose so we could see this.


Friends and family, please pray for me this week. Please pray that I get the rest I need this weekend and the willingness I need today to finish all of my tasks at hand. Please pray that I have a good attitude and that I'm not rude, snippy or irritable. I would really appreciate it!

I'll talk with y'all on Sunday.

Monday, May 16, 2011

v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n

"Oh, happy day! {Oh, happy day!}"

I am over-the-moon-excited today because we booked our first anniversary trip to Cancun today!

Even though it's in October and I still have five months to wait, I am counting down the days to get to this place and spend six days, five nights!










Isn't it lovely? Makes for a fabulous day, if I do say so myself!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

weekend.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend! It's been absolutely gorgeous here in Dallas this weekend (70 degrees in May!) and we've enjoyed it to a "T." 

Friday:
Hubs and I went on a 'date' to P.F. Chang's and then to see Bridesmaids.

Y'all, the movie is mildly inappropriate, but insanely hilarious. Brandon and I both were laughing so hard we were crying. If you're into Judd Apatow movies (Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers), then you will find it funny. 

Saturday:
While Brandon was at the pool, I ran errands. (After last weekend's sunburn, I was not in the mood to lay out, thankyouverymuch.)

After a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond for some travel-size products for my upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. (we have the best BB&B!) and the grocery store, I stopped off for a Sonic Route 44 vanilla Diet Dr Pepper. A spring afternoon just isn't complete without one!


Saturday evening, we met my grandparents at the Meyerson Symphony Center for dinner and then to see Frankie Valli.

The Meyerson is absolutely beautiful and reminded me of the New York Public Library with the stairs and slate-colored walls.  We had dinner at Opus, which was wonderful, and then went to the "Pops" performance.



I wasn't quite sure who Frankie Valli was or what he sang, but as soon as he started performing, I knew who he was! He sang, "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and the opening song in the movie, "Grease." (...Grease is the word, it's the word...) 

We had so much fun, and it was awesome watching my grandparents jam out to someone they listened to when they were our age. 


Since we got home really late and this is our last weekend in May to be in Dallas, we skipped church this morning and slept in really late.

Brandon made us waffles for breakfast...well, I should probably say "brunch"...and we're spending the day preparing for the busy next week ahead. 

I head to Washington, D.C. for work on Tuesday afternoon, spend the night there Tuesday night, go to an awards ceremony on Wednesday, leave D.C. on Wednesday afternoon, go to work on Thursday, have nail and spray tan appointments on Thursday night, and take off on Friday to drive to Ruston for Emily's wedding, which is Saturday night. Since Ruston is pretty far away, we're staying Saturday night there and coming back to Dallas on Sunday afternoon. 

WHEW!

Since I knew I'd be exhausted on Sunday-Monday, I took Monday off so that I can unpack, do laundry, go to the grocery store and just be home for one day. (I'm such a homebody.) And then, we turn around and take a 1/2 day on Friday and aregoing to my parents' for Memorial Day. Talk about busy!

I hope y'all had a great weekend! My blogging will be sporadic this week, but I'll have lots of updates when I get back!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Love me some organization!

"A place for everything, everything in its place."
-Benjamin Franklin

Remember this post about us staying put in our little apartment? And remember me telling you that I wanted everything to be "homey" and really feel like home?

Well, when our washing machine was delivered yesterday, Type-A me had this crazy need to organize everything in the laundry room closet.  

{It's weird, though. Typically I'm an organizational freak. However, when it comes to anything in a drawer, behind a closed door, I typically am not as OCD about it. For example, this teeny room.}

So, while my husband was working out, I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond for organizational stuff. (LOVE that place -- they have a whole section just for laundry room organization!)

$23 and a handy husband later,
TA-DA:

The Swiffer Wet Jet is hanging via a hanging screw thingie (I'm not Tim the Tool Man Taylor, okay?), the broom/dustpan and Swivel Sweeper are hanging via a Real Simple Utility Holder, and the ironing board and iron are mounted on an ironing organizer.

{Can I please just say that I'm so excited that Real Simple has products now!?}

 

And now, the shelves above the dryer are all organized, too! The detergents, dryer sheets and towels are on the bottom shelf; saved shopping bags are on the second, along with matches, old "car washing" towels and lightbulbs in the baskets (which are from college, btw); and the top shelf is just crap. Crap that has no other home...except the top shelf of my laundry room. Ahh, feels so good.



And world, meet my new washing machine and our ridiculous amounts of toilet paper and paper towels. Oh, and the pink laundry basket that was like, $1.97. Love.

PS: I absolutely hate toilet paper still in the plastic it's wrapped in. It gets all loud and tangly and it's so much easier to just come home, take it out and store it somewhere other than below the bathroom sink. Of course, I always have two spares in the bathroom, but I like that extras are always in one place inside the house that anyone can access. Moving on.


And here is the tiny size of my laundry closet. Now do you see my need for wall-mounted storage? :)

I'm so happy with it, and honestly, all of this organization actually makes me want to do laundry.

Now, wonder if there's something that I can organize that will make me want to clean the bathrooms...

Happy Weekending!!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Oh, Wednesday. How I love that you're the middle of the week. Two days have passed, two days remain.

Here's what I'm loving this week:

In-season fruits and vegetables

I go to the grocery store and I just love seeing all of the springy vegetables in their little stalls. I'm not kidding when I say that we have an abundance of asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers and oranges in our house right now, and it makes me happy to see that bit of color on our plates at supper. :)


That I'm still stalking the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge via London's The Telegraph.  

I think she's just lovely and a honeymoon in the Seychelles? Yes, please!


We're planning our one-year anniversary vacation!

I can't believe we've already gotten to the point where we need to start planning this! All I'm saying is, October = beach. Get. Excited.


This guy.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate him and what he does for our family, from managing our money, to working SO hard, to being my absolute best friend in the world.


Happy Wednesday!