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Got My Swimmies On

Starting today, I’m dog sitting for my neighbors while they go on vacation to my favorite beach in York, ME. For the past 3 years I’ve dog/house sat for them and I just love it, mainly because their yellow lab Guenther is so big and adorable.

Just look at that cute face!

“You’re cool but I miss my Mom, Dad, and siblings”

They have a new pool too so you can only imagine how excited I was when I got a text from the Mrs. today saying I could go swimming.

Pool Time!

 

Guess who threw their bikini on right away?! Yup, THIS girl!

Hot Mess.. Pool Time!

When I first got in, I started swimming in circles and tredding water; anything to get in a little extra workout. It started rumbling while I was swimming and eventually the clouds rolled in, so I jumped out and headed inside with G-man. We hung out for a bit, played tug o’ war, and I messed up their TV. Oopps! 🙂 If I were President, I’d make every TV and remote the same. I’m pretty sure every house has a different remote with different instructions. I babysit as well so just imagine all the remotes I’m supposed to memorize.

After my quick dip, I headed back home for a quick 1.7 mile run on the treadmill while I watched Galen Rupp take the Silver in the men’s 10,000 m. I was yelling and seizing while I watched the last lap, and I’m honestly surprised I didn’t eat shit on the treadmill.

Go USA!

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We Don’t Need to Relive What He Did”.. “But I Didn’t Even Live it the First Time”

Yesterday was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. After my 4 mile morning run, I headed over to my girlfriend, Lindsay’s house. We grew up in the same town, and met in middle school when I moved to New Hampshire. The first time we met was in 7th grade when we played on the Hooksett Hawks basketball team. Well, we didn’t really play as much as we were the bench warmers. We ended up going to the same high school but had different friends, and I honestly don’t remember seeing her much around the school. The high school I went to was in the City, so there were students from my town, all of the City, and other towns as well.

After high school, we ended up going to the same college, and luckily the same orientation, which we were thrilled about because we were so nervous to spend the week with no one we knew. We stuck to each other’s side all weekend, and although we weren’t chosen as roommates, we became the closest of friends in college, and when you could pick roommates starting sophomore year, you bet we lived together with 4 other girls, who we call out gypsies (see below) for the next 3 years. Lucky for me, we both live about 20 minutes from each other. It used to be 20 when she lived at her parents house, but she found the cutest little condo the next town over that she shares with her adorable kitten, Jackson.

We couldn’t decide on what to do, when she told me she found a few recipes in her Clean Eating book. Banana Bread and Blueberry Banana Muffins. After I heard that, the decision was easy. We ventured over to the city’s “classy” Walmart to pick up the ingredients we needed. One of the recipes called for Sucanet, which we had never heard of, and after Google imaging it, we decided we’d improvise (truth be told, we really didn’t want to go to shows for it).

Mufffffins!

The Banana Bread, after baking for 60 minutes, was cooked but mushy, which I believe is from all of the bananas that the recipe called for. 3 cups of bashed bananas equaled roughly 8 bananas. The blueberry muffins also called for 1 cup of mashed bananas. Talk about banana overload. I was mashed out! I think if you omitted some of the bananas, this recipe would have turned out perfect. I took a blueberry muffin to go, and I felt the exact same way, although the few bites I tried were quite tasty!

After baking, Lindsay, who was given a set of tarot cards several years back, read my cards. About a month or so ago, I broke up with the man I planned on marrying and having kids with, so we thought it was time she gave me a little insight into my future. Ever since college, she has read our cards, in which we started calling her gypsy, and then everyone just became gypsy. Now, when we email or text each other, someone is always called a gypsy. My card reading was spot on, as they usually are. There was a lot of mention about my past and trying to let go and just let “bygones be bygones.” I did like the fact that she said I had good karma coming my way.

Getting my cards read. (This was during a timeout when Linds had to put the kitten in the other room so he wouldn’t mess the cards up)!

Around 4 my Mom texted me that there was going to be a BBQ with two of my other neighbors, so I left Lindsay’s around 6 to go to that. The Sheidows, who I’ve known for the past 7 years, are moving out of their home, to build a new one in the next town over simply for their school system. The Bolducs, who live across the street, are the best of friends with the Sheidows, as their kids are all around the same age. I babysit for both families, and when   there’d be snow days (when I was home and not living in California), I would get to watch ALL 5 kids for the day.

The BBQ was great. The kids were all off in groups playing games, the 3 men were maning the grill, and myself, along with the 3 ladies (Mom included) were inside drinking and eating the french fries. We’re so classy. After an amazing meal of steak tips, grilled chicken, ribs, corn on the cob, fries, 3 bean salad, and cookies for desert, we all stayed put on the couch and watched the Olympics and then America’s Funniest Home Videos (yes, the adults did choose this one).

Even though I wasn’t hungry, I could NOT pass this meal up

Rumor got out (thanks Dad!) that I had sent a picture of Keith Urban in a speedo to my Mom earlier that day (her biggest crush), and pretty soon, Meg, had a brilliant idea to send nearly naked and shirtless pictures of men to my Dad to embarrass him. The next 30 minutes consisted of her sending sexy pictures of David Beckham, Channing Tatum, and some spanish man, to my Dad’s cell phone. Then things got raunchy when she sent really nasty pictures, which prompted the two of us to become fascinated with the “People of Walmart” website.

This happened last night

Around 9, we all headed out. The Sheidows had an early morning of packing and moving to do, and I was just plain exhausted.

Today it’s supposed to stay rainy and dreary, so I’m about to head to the gym for a nice run and a little weights, and then go to the cheap seats with my mom to see The Lucky One. Can’t wait!

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The Queen Just Jumped From the Sky!

Last night, with 2 big bags of popcorn to share, Mike and I cuddled up on the couch and watched the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics. We watched and watched and watched, and after what felt like 5 hours, the first Olympians FINALLY started walking. While the Opening Ceremony was entertaining, I do feel that it was a little drawn out. 2 1/2 hours just feels like a little too long to wait. I almost felt like I was at Broadway, which is an amazing experience, but I was just expecting something entirely different.

Our reaction to the Queen’s entrance

Picture time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike and I watched until Italy (his country!), and then we called it a night. He ran in the Color Me Run this morning and wanted to get some rest, as did I. Although I did end up staying to watch the US team walk out, and then promptly booked it up to bed. We did have a lot of fun checking out all the handsome and delicious men from all the different countries. We decided we want to visit Austria, Greece (oh vey!), Denmark and Italy. Our favorite men came from there, and as Mike said, “Guess we’ll have to start saving up for vacation now!” I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

After playing fetch with Kip for a bit upon waking up, I went out for a nice and muggy 4 mile run. It always baffles me how I run down a nice breezy street and then once I turn the corner I run into what feels like a wall of humidity. Sometimes on these runs I believe I’m competing in the Hunger Games. Sadly there never is a Peeta standing at a street corner to hand me a cold glass of water. I just love my Peeta. I heard from my friend that there is a Peeta look-a-like in New Hampshire, and being one of the best creepers around, I’m disappointed I haven’t found him yet.

Alright, off to my girl Lindsay’s to hang out for the day. We’re either going for a walk, shopping, hanging out, or getting food. Geesh, today feels like a grab bag type of day. I don’t know what’s going to happen!

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My coworker Jen asked if she could join me at Power Crunch tonight, so while she stayed a few minutes late at work, I headed over to the gym and jumped on the rowing machine before our ab class. Yesterday I rowed for 5 minutes, and today I increased it to 10 minutes, with the last 2 minutes sprinting. It felt great, and I had Jen there next to me to make the time go by quicker, but man, my hands hurt! I have a few nasty blisters on my palms, but it was so worth it!

After my 10 minutes of rowing and her 5 minutes on the elliptical, we headed over to the class room and sat around chit chatting for a few minutes while other ladies of all shapes and sizes joined in. Phew! One of my biggest concerns with joining Gold’s was that everyone would be tiny and buff. My friends say I’ll fit in because I’m fit and thin, but these girls are just so much thinner that it’s almost intimidating. But I’ve had my big girl pants on for the past two days and putting those insecurities aside. I know this gym will make it worth it. There’s just something about going to a gym where almost everyone there is very determined and focused on being the best.

Shane was our instructor, and we’re pretty sure he’s ex-military, although not to be rude, he had a beer gut, and the way I see it is, I’d rather be in a class with an instructor who is fit. That just encourages me more, but let me tell you, he sure did put us through a rigorous ten minute ab workout. After 5 minutes, Jen turned to me and said “Oh my god, it’s only been 5 minutes!” I didn’t know whether to laugh or agree so I just made a painful looking face. I wanted to puke from the workout, it was THAT good! Hopefully I wake up with tight core muscles. I secretly love that feeling, makes you know you pushed yourself the day before.

My best friend, Mike is coming over right now to watch the Olympics. We’re so excited! Do you guys think the Olympics makes you want to increase your workouts and push yourself to extreme limits? I know it has that effect on me, and I’m sure it makes Mike feel the same way too. Anyone you guys are excited to watch compete or just certain events? I’m so excited for Track & Field and Diving. LoLo Jones is my girl!

Total girl crush!

Go LoLo!

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