louis & claire get married

Friends, Hello!!

I know it has been quite a while and I hope you have not forgotten about me, I have not forgotten about you! I really have missed writing this blog and am sad that I have not been more consistent with it. I think you all know that life just happens, we get busy, and time slips away from us. I mean, can you believe it is already October?? I have been doing a lot of thinking, goal setting and am really trying to start doing things that better serve me and my interests and passions. But me and my scatter brain hopping from one thing to another, sometimes time and tasks just get away from me.  In the future I really hope to start providing you with quality information and topics, not just my random life happenings. Although sometimes random life happenings are just as interesting to read about!

With that being said, I come to you today with random life happenings! But such a happy one that I just had to share.

I currently am on a plane right now coming back from Indiana where Matt and I attended our good friends Louis and Claire wedding reception. They are friends of ours that we had went to college with in Indiana, then sort of followed out to Arizona. It was one of those trips that I feel like we traveled more than we visited, but we wouldn’t have missed this day for the world. It is always good to go back and see old friends and celebrate such important events with those we love.

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Louis and Claire

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Their ceremony was on Saturday and family only, so we booked our flight for Saturday morning so we had one night to spend in Indianapolis before heading down to Southern Indiana where the reception was on Sunday. If you fly you know all the cheap flights are bright and early, so we booked the earliest flight to give us some time to settle into a hotel and have some dinner, there was a 3 hour time difference so even though we flew out at 7am, we “arrived” at 3pm. But even with an early flight we made time to hit up our favorite Dutch Brother’s for a coffee to start our trip.

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You know you’re a regular when instead of going to the walk up window at 6:30am like your normally do, but go through the drive thru at 5:30am, and get the immediate response of “what are you doing in the drive thru and why are you so early???” from the staff. This is one reason why Matt and I go to Dutch Brother’s every morning. Yes I may be addicted to their coffee, but it’s the experience that we get. They really take the effort to get to know you and truly start our days off on a positive note. They alway’s put us in good moods, and at 5:30am, we needed that!

With out coffee’s in hand we were off to the airport! And of course as soon we get there airport selfies were to be had.

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 Airport Selfie

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Matt for some reason loves to drink on the plane, and even though we had a short flight to Las Vegas for a short layover, he insisted on getting a drink, that we both had to chug immediately.

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Airplane Selfie

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That’s my husband.

 One thing I insisted on doing at the Las Vegas airport was play a slot machine. And even though we were almost late to board our plane, I think it was worth it!

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Slot Machine Winnings

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Winner!

We landed in Indianapolis and went off to find a hotel. Matt thought it would be fun and spontaneous to not pre-book a room, and little did we know that there was some sort of racing event and high school sports team competitions going on, so a lot of the hotels were booked or only had one or two rooms available. We thankfully found one with not much trouble, checked in and headed out to find somewhere to eat. We drove around our old neighborhood, and was amazed at how much it’s changed and hadn’t changed all at the same time. Since we were both pretty hungry instead of driving aimlessly around we of course just settled for something we both love. Sushi.

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Sushi Dinner

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In hindsight and driving around later there were probably so many better choices and new places we could have checked out, but you know when you’re hungry and everything and nothing sounds good at the same time? That’s where we were at. Sushi usually doesn’t disappoint.

It wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t the best sushi I have ever had.

After dinner we had plans to meet up with one of our friends who recently opened up his own brewery called Big Lug Canteen. He is the head brewer, so we were really excited to taste the beers and catch up. Since the last time we had seen them, the couple had gotten married and had a kid, so it had been quite awhile.

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The beer and food were both amazing and so was the company. It was so great to hang out with them and catch up. We ended up talking for over 3 hours before we all knew it! They had to get home to their son and Matt and I were both exhausted from the trip and were ready to settle in for the night.

Even when I’m on vacation or on a trip I always seem to get up early. It doesn’t matter the time zone, time difference, the type of trip. I get up early. While Matt continued to snore away, I decided to find the hotel gym. I’m following a new program, but didn’t have a portable DVD player so I just kind of winged it. One thing I love about having completed a few programs, I have favorite moves that I know work me. So even though this hotel gym only had a few treadmills and minimal free weights. I made it work.

And was a pretty sweaty mess by the end of it!

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I headed back to the room where Matt had finally woken up. Our hotel actually had a decent continental breakfast, but we wanted to explore some more, so we headed to a really fun looking restaurant that served more local fresh ingredients called The Garden Table.

I had looked at the menu before we went and was pretty set on getting an Acai Bowl, but upon walking in and chatting with the friendly staff, they highly recommended the two salmon specials they had. One was a smoked salmon on house made sprouted bread with cream cheese and the other was a poke salmon with thai inspired kimchi and bok choy. Both sounded delicious and the couple sitting next to us actually had ordered both and raved about them. A staff member was taking his break and had ordered the smoked salmon and showed me how it was plated, so I decided to branch out and try that.

I was a bit nervous, I usually don’t do these savory type of breakfasts, but oh my gosh it did not disappoint.

The salmon was ah-mazing. Absolutely cooked and seasoned to perfection.

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I was beyond happy with my choice and so glad I decided to branch out.

Before leaving town I wanted to stop by a local doggy bakery that I use to go to quite often for cookies and treats for Delilah. I swear these treats look good enough to eat myself!

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Doggy Bakery

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After we grabbed the dogs some doggy donuts we headed down to the wedding fun!

And it was sooo much fun. It was nice to catch up with old friends at the reception and then head to Louis’ parents for a cook out and campfire. Even though it was a busy short trip, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world and had an amazing time celebrating with our friends.

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The drive back to the airport was bitter sweet. There are simple beautiful things I love about Indiana.

You don’t have little meadows like this in Arizona.

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Indiana Meadow

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But I will say it is good to be home.

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life lately…as told by selfies

You can tell so much about a person by looking at the photo’s on their phones. I realized this when I was thinking about what type of post I wanted to write about. I thought “What have I been doing lately? Anything new to report? What has been on my mind?” I always look to my photo’s because that always gives me a good idea of what I have been doing.

Well I can tell you what has been taking up all my spare time. Online Coaching/Supporting my Challenge Group participants and… Selfies. Goodness. You can tell my life revolves around coffee, drinks, and random nights with Matt.

I kid you not there is not much on my phone. And for your entertainment I want to prove it to you.

This is about a weeks worth or so of photo’s from my phone.

Enjoy.

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Let’s begin with all the shameless selfies.

Sometimes when I have good hair days, I take coffee selfies.

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And sometimes I like to document when I actually get out in the world.

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When I don’t want to seem too vain, I make Matt selfie with me.

On our morning coffee dates.

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More coffee dates (they may or may not happen daily)

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Meeting for a drink after work.

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And some more drinks after work. (these I promise you do not happen daily)

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We also have date night in selfies.

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Sunday breakfast at a favorite spot we hadn’t been too since we moved!

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I recruit others when possible for selfies too.

A farewell sushi dinner with two of our close friends who are both moving.

Delicious food was first had.

Sushi selfie?

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And then real selfies happened after.

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My skills of getting everyone in the photo amaze me.

I then make my pets selfie too.

But really, when Rommy loves our new dining room table more than we do, he deserves a photo shoot.

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This was the first day we had it. I guess he was giving his seal of approval.

He then decided he wanted to have dinner with us.

I know a lot of you are thinking the pets shouldn’t be on the furniture… but that just doesn’t happen in this house.

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And when Ra looks this stoic… I just had to give him a selfie opportunity as well.

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Showing off his new collar…that he continuously takes off…somehow…

And here is how you know I am pretty involved in my challenge group. I have a lot of these on the photo reel.

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Push up challenges.

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Thirsty Thursday water challenges. You gotta stay hydrated guys. Water is important, especially in the heat!

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And a ton of accountability collages. I don’t just coach my challengers, I participate too!

There is still some food in my life. I won’t lie I’m so busy fancy meals don’t happen as often, but I still like to give shout outs to some of my favorite products that help make simple, quick, but delicious meals.

(bagels + almond butter = ah-mazing)

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(side note: I just ran out of my Growing Naturals Vanilla Pea Protein which is a sad time. I literally use this stuff daily, if you need a vegan protein source – get this!)

So yea, that’s basically what my life is right now, and honestly I can’t really complain.

I’m busy, but I’m happy and content.

And I have a lot of these on my photo album too. And life is all about staying positive.

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Reasons To Be Happy

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What story would your photo’s tell?

Do you take a lot of selfies?