Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mom's birthday weekend/ Upcoming weekend plans

Hello everyone!

This past Saturday was my Mom's birthday, so the original plan was that I was going to come home to celebrate and be there b/c I can now. The plan evolved to my Aunt and cousin coming in from TN and then as a last minute surprise, my Fairy Godmother drove in from Kansas City. We also had cousins come in from Cleveland and Akron.

Thursday, Aunt Bev made the 11 hour drive to my house. We went to Easton and ended up at Max and Erma's b/c there happened to be a torrential downpour so we couldn't walk outside to the other parts of the "mall" unless we wanted to get drenched. We opted for dry. We split a chicken sandwich, grilled asparagus and bbq pork sliders! It was all very good! We came home, hung out for a bit and then crashed.

I was at work at 6:30am (barf!) so I could leave at 3. In the mean time, I asked my TN family to stop and check out my new house on their way through. They thought I was meeting them during my lunch break but Aunt Bev happened to be there instead. SURPRISE! After touring the house and Aunt Bev organizing a bit (cough!) they took off for PA. I got off work at 3, drove home, got Heif, packed the car and I was off to be home about 6:40.

Saturday was the day of the big party. We just hung out, played yard games, rode horses and ate all day. Everything was finished off by sitting around the bonfire and watching "Hillbilly fireworks" otherwise known as the meteor shower that was happening.

feeding corn husks to the horses

The sisters #2-6. #1 had to work. :(

Heif was there for the party!

me, half of dad and mom's birthday cake

being kids again!

I woke up Sunday exhausted and to Dad checking out the breaks on my car. Turns out they are fine but he thinks I should start looking for my new car. I'm thinking a Kia Sorento or a Chevy Equinox.
Suggestions? Comments?

I left home around 6 after picking lettuce from the garden, saying hello to the baby horses and gathering some eggs in the chicken coop.

I enjoyed coming home and starting work on Monday b/c it was relaxing compared to the craziness that was my weekend.

This weekend, I'm hanging out with my friend Jessie who came from WA with me but is now in Pittsburgh. We are doing our first Color Race 5K on Sunday! This is the Color Me Rad race! We bought Groupons for half off and it seems like a lot of fun! I'll post pictures next week!

Anyone gonna do this race? Who else has done a Color Race? Suggestions on wardrobe? 
Camera/ no camera?

PS. I also used my new oven for the very first time tonight! It's only almost been a month since I've had it, but still. You would think with my cooking prowess (choke!) that I would have cooked something before this. Now that I've started, look out! :)

Have a great weekend! 
Anyone doing anything fun?

Remember, Hot Chocolate Race Columbus code for a free hat at registration is on the left. Let me know if you're coming!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Crazy Town- Week Recap

Ok. So it's been a week since I posted with the blog swap, but honestly it has been crazy over here! I'll catch you up! Don't worry! :)

Last weekend, I went to Chicago to check out a seminar for a company called Symmetry that sells nutritional and weight loss supplements. It was from Fri-Sun. Since I haven't been at my job for a month yet, I hadn't earned a vacation day, so I worked and then flew out of Columbus at 8pm. I got to Chicago at 8:20pm and then had an hour drive ahead of me to get to the hotel where the seminar was at.

I got there about 9:30 when the first presentation was getting over and everyone was very excited and clapping and I was kind of overwhelmed by everyone else's emotion. We went to the room and changed into comfy clothes and came back to the room for a pizza party and a movie - The Guardian.

Saturday was a morning and afternoon full of seminar and then a volleyball tournament between the cities across the street. The Columbus team came in 2nd. Then we were free for the evening and my roommates and I walked about a mile to a grocery store looking for ice cream and famous Chicago popcorn. I found gelato, a cup of tea, a sandwich for dinner and breakfast and a cannoli. The ladies found their popcorn and we had a wonderful gelato filled walk home. I had the lemon flavor!!

Do you know how gelato is different from ice cream?

I got back to the room, ate and crashed hard about 10:30. I was up about 7 the next morning, showered and ate my sandwich for breakfast. We had a seminar in the morning and then we were free to go. We had to wait around a bit b/c some important people had meetings that were traveling home with me. We got going about 2 CST and then there was crazy traffic trying to get out of Chicago. We stopped for food and gas a couple times and finally got home about 10:30. Then I got a ride to my car which was parked at the airport.

I got home and was in bed by midnight.

I got up at 6 so I could be ready and travel to get Heif in the morning before work. I was at the sitter's door at 7:05am, picked up Heif, took him home and was at work by my regular time of 8am. Go me! Then I had a regular day at work and came home and recovered by being a vegetable.

Normal day at work. Then I had an exciting meeting at 6:30 at the Easton Mall (my new Mecca!). The meeting was with the bigwigs of the Hot Chocolate race people. I got to meet fellow race ambassadors and elite runners! One lady I met named Laura got second place in the Capital City Half!!! Now that's awesome!
I got to meet the one founder of RAM Racing that was there, Paul, and a few of the other guys like Brandon and Adam. Everyone was super nice.
We met at a swanky seafood restaurant and had a private room and had bottomless drinks and amazing appetizers. I'm sad that I didn't take any pictures but didn't in fear of people thinking I was lame. There was a fancy calamari platter, the biggest shrimp I've ever seen, crab cakes, sliders, fruit and cheese and crackers. I admit to having 2 rounds of almost everything! It was goooood!

Normal day at work but I was there at 6:30 so I could leave by 3:30. Today, the Carnival of Madness was in Columbus and I had purchased my ticket before I had left WA. The lineup was: New Medicine, Cavo, Halestorm, Chevelle and Evanescence. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure!

My favorite New Meds boys- Brady and Jake
lead singer of Cavo
Lzzy of Halestorm opening the show
Lzzy and AreJay Hale

Lead singer of Chevelle

Hats off to the Bull - Chevelle

Amy of Evanescence

I didn't stay for all of Evanescence's set b/c my feet hurt and I was tired. I tried to see the New Meds boys but they were hanging out in their new fancy Monster bus they got for the tour. I will see them at the end of September at RockVegas!!

So, that's been my week! If you've noticed to the right, there is a code for a free hat if you'd like to register for the Columbus Hot Chocolate race. I think I've attached the link to it as well.

Also, if you know anyone would would be interested in losing some weight or getting healthier with nutrition, please let me know. Or feel free to check out the products on my website. All questions are welcomed. These products are made from all natural ingredients and extracts and I just wouldn't stick anything in my body. Yes, I'm taking these as well and will let you know about my progress with them!

 How was your week? Any fun races coming up? Are you surviving the heat?