Still here?

Anyone still over here?  If so, head to my new site, I’m going to delete this one soon.  Plus, I hopefully have a giveaway to post today.

Have a great day!!

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New Site

I’ve been mulling this over for a while and I decided to migrate to Blogger.  I know many (many) people usually go from Blogger to WordPress, but I guess I go against the grain.  I figured out how to migrate all of my posts to Blogger easily so everything is there that was once here.

So if you’re out there, head on over and follow me at my new site.  I will continue to tweak things there but I think I’ll stay there for a while.

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Anniversary Gift Ideas

Our first wedding anniversary is quickly approaching (middle of next month).  We are planning a trip (still undecided as to where – yeah, we need to get on that) but I would also like to get KC a gift as well.  I think it would be cool if we could stick to the ‘lists’ of what to get for each anniversary.  I was doing some web-browsing and found out that there are 2 different lists for Anniversary Gifts.

There is the Traditional List and the Contemporary List (found here):

1 Paper Clocks
2 Cotton (Calico) China
3 Leather Crystal, Glass
4 Linen (Silk) Appliances
5 Wood Silverware
6 Iron Wood objects
7 Wool (Copper) Desk sets
8 Bronze Linens, Lace
9 Pottery (China) Leather goods
10 Tin, Aluminum Diamond
11 Steel Fashion jewelry
12 Silk, Agate Pearls, Colored gems
13 Lace, Moonstone Textiles, Furs
14 Ivory, Moss Agate Gold jewelry
15 Rock-crystal/glass Watches
16 Topaz Silver holloware
17 Amethyst Furniture
18 Garnet Porcelain
19 Hyacinth Bronze
20 China Platinum
21 Brass, Nickel
22 Copper
23 Sapphire Silver plate
24 Musical instruments
25 Silver Sterling silver
26 Star Sapphire (blue) Original pictures
27 Sculpture
28 Orchids
29 New furniture
30 Pearl Diamond
31 Timepieces
32 Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)
33 Amethyst
34 Opal
35 Coral
36 Bone china
37 Alabaster
38 Beryl, Tourmaline
39 Cat’s-eye Lace
40 Ruby Ruby
41 Land
42 Improved real estate
43 Travel
44 Groceries
45 Alexandrite Sapphire
46 Original poetry tribute
47 Books
48 Optical goods (e.g., telescope, microscope)
49 Luxuries, any kind
50 Gold Gold
52 Star Ruby
55 Emerald Emerald
60 Diamond, yellow Diamond
65 Star Sapphire, Gray
67 Star sapphire, purple
75 Diamond, diamond-like stones, gold
80 Diamond, Pearl
85 Diamond, Sapphire
90 Diamond, Emerald
95 Diamond, Ruby
100 10-carat Diamond

So I can choose from Paper or Clock if I stick with the ‘lists’.

  • For clock I was thinking Watch (because I’d like a new watch too 🙂 ) and then realized that Watch is actually listed for 15yrs.  Hmm, so I guess that means I can’t do watch.  I could get him a clock, but we don’t have many clocks around the house and I don’t know where I would put a clock.
  • Ok, so paper.  I’ve done my share of picture books and photo albums so that’s not going to work.  I’ve done tickets to sporting events before as well (and with his wacky summer Ultimate schedule, who knows where we will be on what weekend).  I love the idea of the architectural letter pictures of last names as seen on a few etsy shops.  I purchased a few prints from one of these shops for a wedding gift this past year and they looked great (I think it might be more for me than for him though)!

What did you get your SO for a first wedding anniversary gift? Did you stick to the traditional or contemporary list or just get something you thought he/she would like?  Any suggestions for me?

P.S. A 10-carat Diamond after 100yrs?!?!  I wonder if anyone has ever been married for 100yrs.

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It’s Monday already?!?!

It was a great weekend. It felt like we got to do everything we could have wanted to. Sunday was a rather uneventful day with grocery shopping and cleaning the house, but Friday and Saturday we kept busy.

Friday night started off with dinner at a Sushi restaurant that another couple wanted to visit. We don’t hang out with just them often so it was nice to just sit and visit. I’ve never been much of a sushi snob, but this place was definitely not at the top of my list of sushi restaurants to visit again. The other couple said the same thing and said that it was better the last time that they went.


While there we were talking about TV and movies, etc and they recommended Netflix. We had been talking about it for some time and they finally convinced us to give it a try. I started our account last night.

Following dinner we headed to the bowling alley.  Let’s just say that my bowling skills are weak to say the least. The first game left much to be desired but I picked it up for the second game.

At the start of the second game the cosmic bowling began. I’m glad we weren’t staying much longer, it was really hard to see the ball go down the alley until it got to the pins.  At least I got to wear clown shoes!

Saturday morning started off early with a 5K charity run.  I turned in a time of about 27:30. While it’s not the best time, I’m happy that I finished and under my goal of 28 minutes. Week 1 of 10K training has been completed successfully. On to week 2!

Saturday night we went downtown to Beerfest.  There were many (many) beer vendors and you could try as many 2oz samples of whatever you wanted.

There were two ‘lines’ of endless tents, jam-packed with people.

We tried many different kinds of beer.

Had lots of fun with friends.

Made lots of jokes and laughed the whole night (KC probably said something entirely inappropriate).

Saw some interesting people.

Went home with dirty ‘beer’ feet (apparently I like taking pictures of feet this weekend!).

And enjoyed every last minute of the night.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!

*All pictures from personal collection.

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Finally Friday!

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  It felt like a really long week.  I don’t seem to have too much to blog about lately and I’m getting frustrated with WordPress  (and the lack of customization options)  and considering moving to blogger.   I feel like I need to find my direction and audience if I’m going to keep blogging though.

Now on to happier things!


This weekend looks to be exciting!  I’ll be running a 5K tomorrow morning and we will be going to the Beer Festival tomorrow night, which is always a good time.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

Fill in the Blank Friday

  1. One song that always takes me back to my youth is anything by the Beetles, it was way before my time, but when we were in middle school, listening to the Beetles was the cool thing to do.  Then when I became a Band Geek and marched over the summer we did a medley of the Beetles.  As geeky as it may have been for other people, all the cool kids were in band at my school so it was so bad.  I loved Marching Band, it was so much fun to do all summer.
  2. My first concert ever was a New Kids on the Block concert.  Oh yeah, Hangin’ Tough.  It was pouring down rain and they slid all over the stage.  I think they only played like 5 songs and then called it quits.  Joe was so dreamy!
  3. If I could create my dream music festival I’d want these bands to be there: Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Kenny!  Yeah, I’m a country music girl!
  4. The best make-out/”boot knocking” song ever is something I’ve never even thought about.  But if I hear that new song Bedrock one more time, I’m going to swear off the radio and only listen to my iPod for a year.  That song drives me crazy.
  5. The best concert I’ve ever been to was the first Kenny Chesney concert I went to with my sister and lots of cousins.  We practically had the worst seat in the house, but we got to see Kenny Chesney (from behind 🙂 ) and Rascal Flatts for the first time and I was hooked on country.  I loved spending time with the girls in my family!
  6. A memorable musical moment for me was when I was in 4th grade and played my very first (and only) flute solo in the middle of our band concert.
  7. The song on my iPod that’s getting the most play these days is pretty much anything by Lady Antebellum.

New Friend Friday

Hi to everyone stopping by from New Friend Friday as well!

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Can I really run 6 Miles?!?!

So, you might remember when I tried working out with Jillian.  For a few weeks I worked on completing the workouts at each of the levels.  While I was feeling it during the workout, I wasn’t feeling satisfied with the workout as a whole in the end.  I’ve been reading on Twitter about a lot of people doing C25K, and another friend who just completed a half marathon so I was inspired to start running again.  Last year I did a 5K and felt great.  I have a few already planned for the year but wanted to do more.

I decided I was going to work on be able to run a 10K.  6 miles?!?!  Yikes!  I found a program on and today was the first day!  I successfully ran my 25 minutes this morning.  I’m hoping to keep a little tracker widget on how many miles I’ve run throughout the training program.

The training schedule:

7-Week 10k Training Schedule

Week 1: Monday – Run 25 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 30 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 3 miles, Sunday – Off

Week 2: Monday – Run 30 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 35 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 45 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 3: Monday – Run 40 minutes, Tuesday – Run 3 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 40 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 4 miles, Sunday – Off

Week 4: Monday – Run 30 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 35 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 60 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 5: Monday – Run 3 miles, Tuesday – Run 50 minutes, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 35 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 70 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 6: Monday – Run 20 minutes, Tuesday – Run 3 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 20 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 75 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 7: Monday – Run 20 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Light 20 minute jog, Friday – Off, Saturday – Race Day, Sunday – Off

The unfortunate part is that there are no actual 10K races in the area for a while (like November).  I would much rather do my running in the spring, it’s so hot in the summer and the fall is hit or miss.  The result?  On “Race Day” KC says he is going to sit at the trail and wait for me to make my 3 laps and cheer me on, isn’t he sweet.

I’m hoping that in the end I’ll be able to finish and run more races throughout the year.  I am running the Angels Among us 5K, Saturday the 24th (fits in perfectly with my training schedule) and I’m hoping to run in the Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday June 12th.

In preparation for all of this running, I convinced KC to venture to a Nike Outlet nearby and a Dicks Sporting Goods so I could buy some Dri-Fit attire.  I had great success, Dri-Fit capris were 50% off and a few Nike Pro Dri-Fit Shirts.  Also some socks from Reebok that I hope will help with blisters.  Only probably with shopping at the outlets, is that You can’t find it online afterwards, so you’ll have to take my word for it!

Anyone have any running tips to share?  Blister tips (on toes)?  Are you trying a new program to help shake up your workout routine?

P.S.  I’ve been trying to integrate a google calendar in a post or a widget but haven’t had much luck.  I’m just using the basic (free) WordPress platform, no plugins or anything.  Anyone know if this is possible?  Do I need to upgrade WordPress or anything to get this to work?  Your help would be appreciated.  I like the WordPress interface but there are some more options on blogger that are drawing me there.

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