So... since I thought I might be able to make it to my graduation (I use this term lightly... but still exciting nonetheless), I thought I would dress a little nicer than usual for work. My work/graduation OOTD...
White Tank: Target (I own like 5 of these... wear them almost every day, so comfortable ad the perfect tank to wear under any shirt)
Bottom: guess khaki pants
Boots: Steve Madden
I also wore a purple scarf for about 1/2 of the day. Kathy (coworker) got a really cute scarf for me for my birthday/graduation and it made this outfit just "Halloween-y" enough.
As you may already know, Kevin and I are both pretty big kids and couldn't resist the opportunity to dress up and hand out candy for our first Halloween in our new house. After struggling with ideas for costumes, we decided (at the last minute) to thros on our good old Marine Corps cammies and some face paint.
My second OOTD, obviously compliments of the good old United States Marine Corps.
Now for the product rave. After we were finished handing out candy, I couldn't wait to get all of that face paint off. About a year ago, I was turned on to an amazing brand called Philosophy. I use a few of their products religiously. Tonight, in particular, my favorite facewash came in handy.
Speaking of Philosophy... two of my other favs are the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facewash
Finally, The Present, moisturizer and primer. I have tried several different primers and this one is, by far, my favorite. Smooth, light, perfect!
So... that's about it for today. Busy, but fun day!
Well, let me just say that I have the BEST brother and brother-in-law in the world. Seriously. Apparently Chad read in one of my previous blogs that I am too cheap to buy Uggs. (it's true). So... for my birthday, he and my brother bought me a pair of Uggs. Aren't they sweet? And oh my.. those boots are so comfortable. I may never be able to go back to my Bearpaws again.
Oh... and my mom sent a box of coffees for my new Keurig! Awesome gift!
So for dinner... I originally planned on just cooking my own birthday dinner, but decided I better take advantage of a date night while I had the chance (it will help my 30 By 30 list, after all)... so I spiffed up a bit and off we went to Francesca's Cucina in Little Italy.
What I wore...
Top: No idea, but I love it! Check out the back... sexy!!!
And the best part....
Lucy always loves making an appearance in my OOTD pics...
So.... off to Little Italy. I LOVE Francesca's...
1. Have a date night once a month. Like a real... dress-up kind of date night.
2. See a play on Broadway. Preferably “The Lion King”
3. Have a Girl's Night Out
4. Visit 3 new states
5. Take a random, unplanned road trip
6. Have a Girl's Night In
7. Read one book a month... for fun
8. Pass my boards
9. Plan one full week of meals ahead, and shop for them, AND stick to the plan
10. Log at least 25 miles/week running
11. Make it to the Farmer's Market at least 2 Saturdays a month
12. Send one friend/family member a month a "Thinking of You" card, for no reason at all other than to make them smile
13. Wear earrings or a bracelet or some sort of accessory with an outfit every week. (I always forget to accessorize)
14. Attend a cooking class at NY Wine & Culinary Center
15. Host a couples’ Game Night (and actually have the boys participate)
16. Watch one new movie a month
17. Update my list of family/friends’ birthdays and addresses
18. Send out birthday cards ON TIME
19. Make it to “M” in our restaurant alphabet list
20. Find an occasion to wear my champagne colored dress and look SMOKIN hot! (This will require the completion of goal #10)
21. Make a conscious effort to pay attention to portion sizes… even with desert
22. Run in at least 3 races
23. Finally hang up our wedding pictures
24. Finish the space in the back yard where the fugly bushes used to be
25. Sell, donate or throw away the leftover stuff from our wedding and do something with my beautiful wedding dress
26. Visit a museum
27. Visit a theme or water park
28. Get a new hair cut or hair style
29. Go on a wine tour or wine event with the hubby
30. Say "I love you because..." every day (with a new reason) to my husband
Ta-daa!!! I put a lot of time and effort into this list (and got a lot of help from some awesome bumpies and a really cool site called Day Zero Project) pretty cool stuff.
So, over the next year, I will do my best to work on these goals and update my blog as I achieve them.
Cheers to being 29!!
Motivation level = 10
Problem #1... find the iPod (this took a while) and the red chip for my shoe... can't find the white adapter that attaches to the iPod. Also can't find my arm band. I decide that this is a horrific sign that it has been WAY too long since I last used my Nike + while running. Bad Monica. After about 30 minutes of tearing my house apart, room by room, looking for the adapter, I decide I am just going to drive to Target and buy a new one. Hey, it IS my birthday after all.
Motivation level = 7
Problem #2... apparently, during my frantic search to find my iPod adapter, I managed to lose my car keys and my cell phone. Awesome. 25 minutes later, both are located and I am on the road to Target.
Motivation level = 4
Problem #3... Found new Nike + kit ($30ish... not too bad)... however, they no longer sell arm bands that fit my iPod. Awesome. So, I buy one that supposedly fits the new iPod touch and decide that I will just Jerry rig it. Whatever.
Motivation level = 3
Problem #4... I get home with new Nike + kit and mismatched arm band and grab my iPod. It's dead. Like... won't even turn on dead. Does the Nike + kit come with a charger? Of course not. Do I have any idea where my charger is? Of course not. WTF.
Motivation level = 1.
So now... I am sitting here on my computer blogging away still decked out in my running outfit and running shoes (with a Nike + chip in them that is attached to.... NOTHING) while eating a piece of leftover birthday cake (which is still delicious, by the way). The obvious question is "Why do you need your iPod to run? Can't you just go RUN?" Sure. But I want my miles logged, I want my time logged, I want to hear my super awesome motivation song, I want Lance Armstrong to tell me how awesome I am when I hook my iPod back up to my computer after my run. And I LOVE my Nike +/iPod... although I love it a little less today.
Motivation level = 0
/end rant. Will be back after my technology-free run with my 30 By 30 list and other ramblings.
Top: long and lean ruched shirt from VS online
Necklace: "♥ to run" from Karma
Lucy wanted to get in on a picture too.
Now for the recipe... this was the perfect protein treat after my run this morning. A special thanks to VikingQueen from TTCAL for sharing this recipe...
- 2 bananas sliced and frozen
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup milk
Put oats in blender and blend until they're powdery (I also mixed in some flax seed and Maka powder).
So... I spent the past day or two reflecting on the past year of my life. What I have done, what I have seen, where I have been, who I have become. And so I present....
(Toby Keith/Eric Church, Kenny Chesney/Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum)
8. Did not read a single book for fun, but read more Nursing books than I ever thought I would
10. Had the best bachelorette party ever
(wine tour on a party bus with some of the most fun, fabulous women I have ever met!)
13. Finally got to use the phrase “my husband” and hear “my wife” (still makes me giggle) and put aside the word "fiance"... which I love. Also put aside all of the anticipation, excitement and stress that comes with planning a wedding, a truly bittersweet sentiment
15. Bought a puppy, love my little Lucy bear
As a matter of fact, I attended my second one about a month later
(Pure Romance… can’t wait to do it again!)
20. Really slacked off on my Saturday morning trips to the market
(I blame the move to Liverpool and Kevin working weekends)
(I have no one to blame but myself… and maybe the weather a little bit.
One goal for next year… re-find my motivation and hit the pavement)
and more specifically disenfranchised grief…
what a strange and sad feeling to be mourning the loss of a life that never existed in the eyes of many. Also found the strength to share my story and give support to other women who have experienced a pregnancy loss
24. Learned more about fertility than I ever cared to know (what BBT, CM, FWP, BD, AF, MF mean… how to chart, temp, monitor signs, predict ovulation… this could be a full time job!)
(deep fried bacon wrapped snickers, deep fried chicken wing dip, deep fried Reeses)
as well as a few wine slushies and the most delicious roasted ear of corn
27. Finished nursing school
Now, my birthday is not officially until the 30th, but I couldn't help myself. I tore the card open right away... it was from Kevin and super duper mushingly sweet. Just when I was about to rip open the box (still standing outside on my doorstep)... Kevin opened the door and snatched it from me. He told me I couldn't have it yet. but handed me a dozen roses instead. Isn't he the best? Turns out the box must be something from my brother because he called later to make sure I didn't open it.
Kevin had an idea to surprise me with my birthday dinner tonight because A. I wouldn't be expecting it (well, duh... my birthday is on Sunday) and B. because he will be working on my real birthday. I'm always up for pampering and surprises, so I was totally ok with this idea.
Kevin sent me downstairs to play around on my computer/blog while he made dinner and ordered me not to come upstairs under any circumstances. He even made my close my eyes when he walked me over to the table. This...
was my super awesome birthday dinner. Kevin made a delicious shrimp linguine with a white wine and garlic sauce. The sweetest part of the whole thing? Kevin does not like seafood. Very rarely do I ever make it at home, because he won't eat it... but he knows I love it, so he made it for me... AND he even tried some... AND liked it. :) Yay!!
After dinner, he brought out a yummy Red Velvet cake (with cream cheese frosting... the best) that he made for me. I am so lucky to have such a sweet guy!
Me bumming around in my sweats enjoying my birthday cake
Lucy and Kevin goofing around in the kitchen. I think she is begging for cake.
More cake, please?
Click here to check out her shop! I have been anxiously waiting for this beauty to arrive and... it finally did!!! We haven't figured out exactly where we plan to hang it yet, but I couldn't resist taking it out of the box and snapping a shot. This is one of our favorite pictures from the wedding and along the right side are the vows we planned to say to each other. (Catholic wedding, couldn't use our own vows). But I am SOoooo in love with this canvas and can't wait to have it hanging in our home.
That's it for today. It has been such an amazingly wonderful afternoon with the hubby. If my pre-birthday celebration is this good, I can't wait to see what my real birthday brings.
I am a Seminoles fan at heart. I grew up in Orlando and love my 'Noles. My brother is a Gators fan and my Dad is a Hurricanes fan... which makes me love the Seminoles even more. Living in Syracuse, however, it is difficult to keep up with my Florida teams as many of the games are not televised up here. I get the feeling that New Yorkers don't really care about Florida sports. Bummer.
There is something really special about a hometown team... and hometown team fans. Its intoxicating and you can't help but get caught up in the excitement. When I first moved up to Syracuse, I was hell bent on maintaining my Seminole status. But after a season or two of some fantastic basketball and lacrosse I figured I might as well jump on the SU bandwagon. After all, its nearly impossible to catch Florida State on TV and I'm not planning on going anywhere for a while... so "Go Orange" it is.
I'll be honest... I'm not exactly the greatest SU fan. I mean... I like them... I really do... but I am not a die hard, "I bleed Orange" kinda gal. I follow their basketball (impossible not to) and their lacrosse (never even knew what this was until I moved to Upstate NY), but their football was... well... kind of a running joke. It's kind of funny... people love them almost out of pity. They are just not very good. But, every weekend during the season, the locals are decked out in their orange and blue and the game day rituals continue.
So, week after week, the SU football team has been... kind of mediocre... and we have come to accept that. Last night they hosted WVU (ranked 15) and we all assumed it would be a slaughtering... but donned our blue and orange anyway.
All I can say is HOLY CRAP!!! SU found some talent! They looked amazing, they dominated... and they WON!!! Not just a regular old win... this was a huge game, nationally televised on a Friday night (which is prime time for college ball) against a ranked team... and they stomped them!!! 49-23
So... this weekend... like every weekend, local fans are proud of their local team... but unlike every other weekend, we've actually got some bragging rights... and even DH (die-hard Pittsburgh fan) is starting to get into SU. Go Orange!!
(Now if Florida State can whoop up on Maryland in the same manner, it will be an even better weekend!)
I have sat through overwhelming lectures, taken intense exams, had my every move in clinical scrutinized, gone on little to no sleep for days, cared for ungrateful patients, dealt with rude staff and piss-poor instructors... but I survived.
I also learned a tremendous amount about myself and what I am capable of, I made lifelong friends and realized just how much I rely on my husband. I developed a deeper appreciation for all those in the healthcare field- especially nurses and came to understand the true meaning of empathy. I feel like I really grew as a human being and now care about and for people on a whole new level.
While making the decision to go to nursing school was one of the craziest things I have ever done and was the beginning of 2 1/2 of the most insanely difficult, frustrating years of my life... it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Ok... off my "I'm so finished with nursing school" pedestal....
Yesterday while I was at clinical, Kevin decided to (ahem... finally) rake the leaves in our front yard. I was beginning to forget that we HAD a front yard because it has been completely... and I mean completely (see below)
Oh... I do have to brag about my dinner tonight. I finally found a way to make my meat and potatoes man enjoy some brussel sprouts. Really. lol
I took 2 handfuls of chopped brussel sprouts and flash boiled them in salt water. Meanwhile, I browned/crisped some diced pancetta and a clove of garlic in a skillet with a little bit of oil. Then I strained the sprouts and tossed them in with the pancetta. I turned the heat down, put the lid on and let them cook together for a few minutes. They were delicious!
In TTC news, AF came today. I had that impending AF doom feeling all day yesterday and just *knew this wasn't our cycle (despite how hopeful I was earlier this month). I was pretty upset last night and shed more than a tear or two on the way home. She visited in full force today and sealed the deal. Its really frustrating to watch another cycle go down the drain. This is only #2 for us, but I am already just so impatient. I can't imagine how couples deal with IF for years. This is really just such an emotional roller coaster full of hope and heartbreak. We will continue trying and, God willing, will be able to start our family soon.
So... tonight... I am enjoying a wonderful glass of Moscato from Villa Bellangelo (Seneca Lake) and hanging with the hubs. I know we have many exciting things coming in the near future for us, but for tonight... I am just so happy to be right where I am.
Today was a pretty hectic day at work, especially since I took Friday off. It never really pays to take a day off because I always feel like I have ten times the amount of stuff to catch up on when I get back. I truly can't wait to begin the type of work that doesn't follow me home or haunt me the next day. I can't wait to simply care for my patients the best I possibly can during the day... and then leave and start fresh the next day... not start off with 25 voice mails, 400 emails and a to-do list a mile long.
I am so done with this job, with the . I am counting the days until I can wear my scrubs, work crazy shifts, and just be a nurse.
To celebrate the beginning of the end, I decided to try out a new recipe. I made a Wasabi Terryaki Pork Stir Fry over brown rice.
After dinner, I just enjoyed spending some time with Kevin (I really haven't seen him much lately)... and spoiled myself with a homemade root beer float. Yum!
I spent the morning sleeping in a snuggling with Lucy. The weather is pretty crummy, so DH's softball game got cancelled tonight. Looks like it is going to be a lazy day all around.... as a matter of fact, I am still in my jammies!
I did manage to get some much-needed laundry done and take some long overdue pictures of our bathroom which I posted on the "Love Nest" page.
And that's about all the ambition I could muster today. Tomorrow will be 12 hours in labor and delivery... nervous, but very excited!
We were able to pick Empire apples and Jona Gold apples. They were delicious!
Below is a cute little garden area in the corner of the yard.
Today... was an awesome day!