Day in the Life

7 Quick Takes: Volume 107

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes about man voice, last minute travel, and recording your own audiobook in a bad accent

1. We went to Washington DC last weekend and it was a blast. I wish I could go back soon. Jim and I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. It was the farthest I’ve run since my marathon. And it was painful, but I managed to finish.

2. We also went to Pittsburgh Wednesday night to watch the Red Wings and Penguins play. It was a ton of fun. Even though Red Wings lost. They’re still going to the playoffs!


3. You probably know by now that I run Fine Linen and Purple. But if you haven’t entered our contest to win Jenna’s beautiful necklace, you should.  It’s pretty low-entry and you can tweet once a day for more!

Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklace - Spring Flower

4. I’m also running a half marathon in a little over 2 weeks that I am not feeling prepared for at all.

5. I get to see Marie tomorrow and I’m excited. I’m grateful for the internet because I’ve made awesome friends (like Marie) and I would have never met her otherwise.  This is what happened last time we hung out. We’re really cool.

6. My brother turns 20 on Sunday and that is just crazy. Yesterday was national siblings day or something so I felt like he deserved a quick take. Happy early birthday buddy! Oh, and he’s living with us for the summer. And working with me. So that should be interesting.

7. Funny picture time. Or gif rather.

*Thank you to Instagram for providing every single picture except one that I put in this post.

Our Wedding Song

I originally did this post for NFP and Me in 2012 but our first dance song actually changed.. so I’m doing it again and linking up with Camp Patton because she’s awesome.
Our first dance song was “Changed By You” by Between the Trees. I can probably guess you haven’t heard of it. That’s ok. I’ll link it right here.

Here’s the other ones I was thinking about:

1. Not Alone by Red (I said I was going to use this one before, but we decided against it)
2. some other song by Red (I seriously forget the name, sorry Jim!)
3. Your Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (this one was definitely up there!)
4. Warmness on the Soul by Avenged Sevenfold (just the fact I could find a reasonable song to play at a wedding reception was enough to get me excited)
5. Smother Me by The Used (until I really read into the lyrics. Uhh, no.)
6. Yours to Hold by Skillet (until we realized it is kind of sad and we don’t want that.)
7. Marry Me by Train (umm.. overplayed much?)
8. The Luckiest by Ben Folds (we also realized that 5000 other people used that one.)

But the one we ended up picking was perfect.
And then we proceeded to look like really cool people in the photobooth [after dancing to Gangnam Style].
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I know, you’re jealous.
There isn’t any cool story behind it other than I was searching frantically to find a song that was not pop-py and not super gushy. Because that’s not who we are.
Although the lyrics suggested I picked just that. But BTT is an awesome band and has other really great songs. One of which I was obsessed with in high school.
And can you believe it’s been almost a year since we were married? Because I can’t either.
So there ya have it.. go check out better wedding songs here.

How fitbit has made me a crazy person (in a good way).

You’ve seen those people with the fitbits on their wrists, right? I’m one of them. I never paid much attention to how much I was moving around (or lack thereof) until I got of these babies for Christmas. I have the Fitbit Flex (which is one you wear on your wrist). It syncs with my phone and tells me how far I am away from my goal of 10K steps a day.

I feel like I’m more willing to move around during the work day, but it never seems that I can get over 4K steps before 6:00. And then even days that I’m running a few miles I still don’t hit the 10K. Part of me wishes that I worked somewhere that I was moving around more, but at the same time there’s not much I can do when I’m sitting at a desk all day. I make sure to move around at least once an hour, whether that be going to the bathroom or going to someone instead of e-mailing them.

I feel like it’s a good gauge of how active I’m being during the day. But at the same time, I feel like I walk around like a crazy person at the end of the day trying to get the last steps to not look I was a lazy butt all day. But then I obsess about my statistics. Which could or could not be a good thing. I’m a numbers person and I pretty much feel like the laziest person ever when I only get around 3K steps.

But I like the fact that the Fitbit has made me more self-aware of the fact that I really don’t walk around much during the day. I try to make it my goal to get over 2K steps before lunch and 2K steps after (I rarely get 4K steps but it’s a good goal). My rest days I hardly ever get anywhere close to 10K but I like how I’m focused more on getting more activity in even on my rest days.

Do any of you use a fitbit? Be my friend if you do!

7 Quick Takes: 106

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes about man voice, last minute travel, and recording your own audiobook in a bad accent

Hosted by the lovely Jen. And post 4/7. Woohoo.

1. Yeah so the last time I’ve done one of these was in June. I started writing a few on my running blog. And then I stopped. So I’m just going to keep going on this one. I decided that I’m going to keep writing randomly in this blog when a thought crops into my head that doesn’t belong on my other blog or on Fine Linen and Purple.

2. Jim and I adopted an adorable dog that we named Jax. He is seriously the best.

3. Jim and I are Godparents! Our friend Kiera just had an adorable daughter named Helena Perpetua (and isn’t her name just fantastic?) She posted her birth story yesterday so you should all go check it out!

4. Jim and I also have a new nephew. Kendra and Steve had Ivan a little over a month ago. He’s the cutest!

5. Is spring ever going to come? It was -3 when I woke up this morning. Needless to say I really didn’t want to take Jax for a walk (thanks Jim for doing that haha). We’ve had literally the worst winter in 20 years. And of course we were going to wait until next year to buy a snow blower. Go figure.

6. If you haven’t read my posts from this week here they are linked in one place for your enjoyment
An open letter to engaged women
Screen-free bedroom?
Hating my body for no reason

7. My throwback Thursday picture from yesterday I decided to share with you all. You’re welcome.

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Hating my body for no reason.

How many of you have hated the way you look at one time or another? I see a lot of hands out there. Know that you’re not alone.  It’s a constant struggle to love ourselves and the way we look.

If you’ve read my blog before, I have Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It sucks, in short. My weight has yo-yoed pretty much all of my life. I’ll gain weight, lose it, gain it back, and the vicious cycle keeps going. And it’s hard when I’m at my high weights to love myself. It’s hard to wake up and feel beautiful when I know how fast I’ve gained 20 pounds.

And what for? Why do I hate my body so much? Is it because I don’t feel as beautiful as I did on my wedding day? Is it because I look at my pictures from high school and laugh at the fact I thought I was overweight then? Is it because I’m ashamed I can’t keep my weight at a decent level?

Really, there is no point. What’s the point of hating your body when there’s really nothing to hate? God designed us the way that HE wanted to. Sometimes I forget to remember that. This is something that I’ve struggled with pretty much my entire life. There’s no need to dwell on it, either. I should be proud of the way that I look and how I’m doing things in my power to remain healthy!


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An open letter to engaged women.

Hey you with that engagement ring. Yeah, you. I was you just a few months ago. Your wedding might be days, weeks, months, or even years away. I know. The wait is terrible. You just want to spend the rest of your life with your husband happily ever after. Believe me, it sucks.

You might be nervous about your wedding. Will all the vendors get there on time? Will people show up? Will the music be played corectly? Will I fall down the aisle (one of my favorite worries)? Perhaps you’ve had some bad dreams leading up to your big day. Maybe you’re still having them. I did too, it’s okay.

The truth is, nothing about your wedding day matters. It really doesn’t. Something will go wrong (I’m sure a lot of people tell you this, but I assure you, it will). And you know what? It really doesn’t matter. If I would’ve fallen down the aisle, I would’ve laughed. My vows were messed up, I laughed through them. Our pastor forgot to read the Gospel (until I reminded him). I forgot my garter and Jim forgot his letter he wrote to me. And none of that mattered at all.

You know why? Because it’s the marriage that matters, not the wedding. All of your friends and family love you for YOU and are happy for YOUR marriage! They don’t care what your centerpieces are (seriously, they don’t. Can you remember any centerpieces from weddings you’ve gone to? Me either). They are there to celebrate YOUR love and YOUR marriage.

You’ve probably heard that annoying saying that your wedding is one day and your marriage is for life. Well it’s true.
Maybe I’m weird but I didn’t put as much emphasis on the wedding day. I didn’t stress about it (until the day of!) and tried not to worry about the little details. They might make your wedding stand out but would you rather have your wedding stand out or your marriage? Do you want to be an example for other couples through how you live your lives as a married couple, or do you care more about having the best wedding?

To be honest, I wanted my wedding to be perfect (who doesn’t?) but those mistakes and funny things that happened are the things that I am going to remember. And I spent the day laughing and enjoying the fact that I was now married to my husband. I would rather be the model of a healthy marriage than the model of the best wedding. How about you?

Oh, and have fun and don’t stress on your wedding day. It really is the best day ever! 


Post 2 of my 7 days

Screen-free bedroom?

There was a discussion in one of my Facebook groups about having a screen-free bedroom. And it really resonated with me. I am on my phone or iPad pretty much until I sleep and 80% of the time the TV is on. I’m starting to think that this isn’t going to be good for our marriage in the long run.

To give you some background, I’m pretty much attached to my phone (and it’s something I really need to work on). Jim is not. We both have smartphones but he’s much.. er.. smarter with his (see what I did there?) The problem is that I’m spending too much time in social media world and not enough time talking and getting to know my husband on a deeper level. I love the nights where we cuddle and just talk for a long time instead of watching TV or playing on my iPad.

This is something that I know I definitely need to improve within our marriage. I need to give up my phone when I lay down. I need to turn off the Internet at bedtime and spend more time with my husband. I have all day for that! I don’t need to let it impede on my relationship too.

What about you? Do you have a screen-free bedroom? Would you consider one?

(I’m linking up with 7 posts in 7 days because I’m going to write 2 in one day because I failed yesterday. Cool? Cool.)

23, married, and doing just fine.

I’m back. For this post. To vent.  I know, I know you missed me.

So you might have seen that post “23 things you should do instead of getting engaged at 23” floating about on Facebook. I know I did. And guess what? I’m 23, married, and I’m still doing many of those things. CRAZY I tell you.

Okay so yeah, we got married young. 22 and 23 isn’t ideal in this society. Gasp! We didn’t live together before marriage, we dated for ONLY 3 years before marriage, and oh my gosh.. we STILL don’t know who we really are, what we’re doing, or what we’ll be doing in the next year. But here’s the thing, we’re doing it together.We’re figuring out this crazy thing called life TOGETHER and side by side. I know it’s a crazy thought, but you really don’t need to go through life alone… and there’s nothing wrong with going through it with someone by your side.

Here’s the thing, you don’t need to have everything settled down before you’re married. We set our wedding date before we had jobs. We were very blessed and lucky to get jobs right out of college, but we still would’ve been married on May 4 whether or not both of us had those jobs. We have no idea who the heck we are. We’re 23 and 24! Goodness. Who really knows who they are until way later in life? Or ever for that matter?

I don’t feel like marriage is a “cop-out”. I’m not hiding behind my husband and I don’t think the world is too big or too scary to deal with alone. I’d like to think I’m a pretty independent person. I have my own friends, hang out with said friends without my husband, and come home to a smiling face asking how my day was. I didn’t throw away any of my friendships or dreams to get married. I have someone who encourages my dreams and has brought me new friendships.

And the argument about the divorce rates being so high for people who get married young? We live in a society that divorce is the norm. Issues? Let’s get a divorce. The crazy thing about marriage is it’s a SACRAMENT. That means, it lasts forever. Issues? We deal with them. Fights? Who doesn’t get in fights? At the end of the day, he’s the one I chose to be with the rest of my life. If we have issues down the road, we won’t turn to divorce. We made a life-long commitment. Apparently that’s too insane to think about.

You may think this is just dumb nonsense coming from a 23 year old newlywed still in her honeymoon phase. However, I’d like to think that marriage is more than just a cop-out or for people who are too scared to go through life themselves. I’d like to think it’s for people ready to take on life TOGETHER. Crazy, isn’t it?

Moving along

So the past few months I’ve been trying to juggle 3 different blogs. Needless to say, it isn’t working well. I feel like I have been much better about writing in my other blogs, and sadly I’m going to close this one down. However, I’m still going to keep writing over there (especially with 7QT) but having this one to worry about is just too much. So feel free to find me over at EmilyRuns and Fine Linen and Purple. 

I’m going to be merging over all the wedding posts and perhaps the 7QT but I need to condense my blogs into one.

I appreciate every single one of you who has been a faithful reader and I hope you will continue to read over at those blogs. 

7 Quick Takes (105)

Click here to go to Jen’s! Be sure to check the rest out! Thanks for hosting!

1. I’m traveling home from Colorado today and I’d appreciate prayers for safe travels!

2. Speaking of Colorado, please send up a prayer for all those affected by the wildfires. I could see the smoke in the sky (about 40 miles from where I was) and it’s just so scary!

3. I’m really sad because Jim and I were supposed to go on a mini-vacation with his family in July and then we found out that we BOTH travel that week for work. I travel to Colorado again and he travels to Italy. While I’m happy we’re gone the same week I’m really bummed we don’t get to go on our vacation!

4. However, we’re taking a mini-roadtrip to North Carolina over July 4 weekend to visit Kendra and Steve, and we even get to spend the 4th of July with Caitlin and her husband, Thomas! I am so excited since I haven’t seen Caitlin since last September and Kendra and Steve since our wedding!

5. I never realized how hard it was decorating a house until I was trying to start decorating! I hung up some pictures but we haven’t gotten our wedding pictures back yet and I wanted to use some of those and I legit have no idea what I’m doing. Any advice?

6. I start marathon training next week! I can hardly believe I’m 18 weeks away!


Poor dog!

Have a great weekend! I apologize that I won’t be able to comment much today since I’m still onsite for work :)


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