Just Checking In

Hey guys!

Happy Friday! I just wanted to check in and say hi. 🙂

How has your week been? Mine has been super busy at work, but thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel – only one more week and Pat and I leave for Aruba!

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Not to toot my own horn, but I took this picture the last time we were there .. isn’t it so beautiful that it almost looks fake? Just say yes and make me happy. 🙂

Let’s see, what else do I want to tell you guys about. I have seen post after post on Instagram about Combat Crunch bars and have been intrigued to try them.

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I picked some up after work today and can’t wait to try them. If they are even 1/2 as tasty as Quest bars (which I LOVE and have every single day), I know I will love them.

I haven’t talked about fitness all that much lately, mostly because there hasn’t been much taking place to talk about. When my gym was right down the street, I went pretty much every morning before work. Now that my new gym is 10 – 15 mins. away, I just find it too hard to get there before work, but yet often feel too tired to go after work. I still do make it there, but lately only 1 or 2 days / week.  I have, however, been doing really well as far as watching what I eat. Over the last 3 months, I have been pretty strict about what I eat and actually lost 15 lbs. as a result. Over the last 3 months, I can honestly say I only had 1 real “cheat meal” (more like cheat 1/2 day). 🙂  I am quite proud of myself considering I was in many situations when I was around not so healthy food (concerts, parties, weekend away, even in an ice cream parlor with my sister and Pat!) but stayed disciplined. As time went on over the last 3 months, I really didn’t even crave junk food, as I said, other than last weekend.

I am really happy with my weight loss, except for one thing – I think 90% of the weight that I lost was in my boobs. 😦  haha (and by haha, I really mean waaaaaaa)  How is that fair??!! As I lost weight, I started to notice more and more extra room in my bras, but I think I was in denial. A few days ago I finally broke down and bought myself some new bras – 3 actually (which came to $220! – WHY are bras SO expensive??).

This weekend is going to be pretty busy for us. Tomorrow AM, Mr. Bosco has an appt. at the groomer and I have an appt. to get my nails done. Pat and I also want to try to get some more things done on the house to get it ready to put on the market, especially since we will be on vacation for the next 2 weekends.

On Sunday, Pat and I are going stand up paddle boarding with my friend, sister, and sister’s friend.

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I am looking forward to it, but REALLY don’t want to fall into the water. haha  If I do like it, maybe Pat and I will do it in Aruba as well.

 

Well, Pat should be home any minute now with our dinner, so I will talk to you all later.

 

Have a great weekend!! 🙂

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Happy Saturday

Hey guys!

Happy Saturday! 🙂   How goes it?

I have spent the last 2 weeks trying to get over a horrible cold. I had a sore throat and runny nose for about a week that I thought started to get better, but instead turned into a sinus infection. Not fun.  I went to the Dr. on Tuesday and was put on antibiotics for 10 days, but still don’t feel all that great.  While I no longer have a sore throat and my nose is not running as much (thankfully!), I am still so congested. ughhh – I can’t wait to feel better.

Not too much else has been going on around here. I have been drinking iced coffee and eating Yasso bars like they are going out of style, I renewed my notary certificate last week,and have been taking the usual 100000 pictures / day of Bosco. Oh, we also booked our flights to Aruba for our vacation in September! We booked our vacation a few months ago, but now have our flight all set as well. CAN’T.WAIT!

Last night we just hung out with Bosco on the couch for most of the night.

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I love that smile and cute face.

Pat and I went to get coffee this AM, came home and ate breakfast, did some laundry, and then I gave Bosco a bath. I love when he is all clean and fluffy.

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He looks thrilled, doesn’t he? 🙂

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All clean!

We don’t have anything all that exciting going on the rest of the day. I want to start a new book and just get some things done around the house. Tonight we are going over my sister’s boyfriend’s house for dinner. He is going to make us beer can chicken on the grill and marinated vegetables. He is quite the chef and loves to cook, so I am sure it will be delicious. My sister and Nick send me pictures almost every night of the different meals they made and you should see some of the pictures – enough to make you drool!

 

Have a great day and rest of the weekend, guys! 🙂

 

Thursday Things

Hey guys!

Happy Thursday!     How is everyone doing?    I had off of work today, so today has been GREAT over here.    I still have lots of vacation days left that need to be used by the end of the year, so I decided to take one this week.

Speaking of vacation, Pat and I decided we are going to go away for a week in early October.   What we haven’t decided yet is where to.    We own a timeshare in Aruba and haven’t been there in 2 years, but we checked out flights last night and they were crazy expensive so we’ll have to see.      We can always trade in our week in Aruba and go to another Marriott Vacation Club Resort, so we are going to look at our options.

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picture I took in Aruba on our last trip there.

Even though I had off today, I still got up pretty early.   I am a morning person and always have been!    I did some laundry, cleaned the house a bit, went to the gym, and then did our food shopping for the week.

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I picked these up while food shopping and can’t want to try them!

I also got this container of kiwi and strawberries.

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How juicy and delicious does this look??!!

After food shopping, I decided to hit up the outlet stores by our house.

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I have yoga pants that I am in LOVE with and wanted to get more.

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I actually got 2 pairs of the blue ones because I liked them so much!

 

When I got home, I had to go through the necessary bag inspection by Bosco.    Bosco MUST look through any and all bags brought into the house.   I think everything got the All – OK!    🙂

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I also wanted to get a cowboy hat at the outlet stores but wasn’t able to find one.     Pat and I are going to see Kenny Chesney this weekend and we both want to get a cowboy hat to wear to the concert.     I went into about 20 – 25 different stores that I thought could have them, but apparently there isn’t much of a demand for cowboy hats.    🙂

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I picked this up at Bath & Body Works yesterday and LOVE it.      It smells and feels incredible!

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Well, I am off to go look for a cowboy hat.      Enjoy the rest of your day!!   🙂

 

Welcome to my world!

Hello and welcome to my blog!    As this is my first post, I thought it would be fun to list some random facts about myself.

1- I have a Shih Tzu named Bosco, who I think is seriously the cutest thing in the world.

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2- I went to Seton Hall University and graduated with a degree in Finance.  Seton Hall rocks!!!!

3- My husband and I have been married for 7 years and together for almost 9 years!

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4- My favorite singer without a doubt is Billy Joel – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him!!

5- Christmas is my favorite holiday.

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6- My sister and I have made an annual pumpkin – picking trip every year since we were little.   My husband is glad that he now gets to take part in this joyous activity.

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7- I have went para-sailing and swimming with dolphins while in the Bahamas with my husband.

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8- While at Seton Hall, I made the Dean’s List every semester .. yes, I am a nerd and PROUD of it!!  hehe

9- I love the smell of Downy fabric softener.   If there was a Downy perfume, I would totally wear it!

10 – I have one sister named Amy.  We are super close and talk everyday.

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11- I am extremely neat and organized – It drives me crazy when things are moved out of their place.

12- I own at least 10 Seton Hall sweatshirts. Each one seems to be equipped with a radar that can attract every 80 or 90 year old man that went to Seton Hall within a 50 mile radius.   Pretty much every time that I wear one, I hear “Ohhh .. Seton Hall .. I went there too .. Class of 1922”    My husband thinks it is the funniest thing ever.

13- I have always wanted to own a Siberian Husky – I think they are so beautiful!

14- One of my favorite places in the world is Aruba.  I have been there about 8 different times and my husband and I now own a timeshare there.

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15- I have a huge sweet tooth and I love candy – orange tic tacs, anything caramel, and Necco wafers are some of my favorite kinds.

16- My natural hair color is brown but I was a platinum blonde for about 12 years.  I just recently decided to go back to being a brunette because I wanted a change.

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17- My favorite season is Fall.

18- My favorite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing.  I have seen it about 100000000 times … maybe more!

19- If it is sparkly, I WANT it.  🙂

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20- My middle name is Ann.