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Things are Happening!

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My apologies for disappearing again.

Things are shaking up at The Nuthouse and sometimes I get so far behind that I don’t know where to start.

So, I told Reggie that she could punch me if I didn’t get a blog post done today and believe me when I tell you, she would happily punch me.

Random bits from June:

Lola got really sick, had emergency surgery and spent about a week in the hospital.

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It was touch and go for a while and we weren’t sure she was going to make it.

BUT SHE DID!!

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Man, I can’t tell you how happy that made me. I was lost without her.

I lovingly refer to her as my $10,000 dog now.

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Worth. Every. Penny.

I was lucky enough to spend an evening with a friend, watching him blow glass. Seriously so cool…but hot…but cool!

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Remember in my last post when I said that I had something new coming?

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Yeah, I decided to start playing roller derby.

I had been trying to get back into running but I just wasn’t challenging myself. I really needed something that was going to push me mentally and physically.

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And boy does it. 

I’m exhausted in the best way possible. I don’t dwell on things that I don’t need to dwell on because I am busy learning new skills and pushing myself to my limits.

There are more changes coming but this post is already long!

I’ll keep you guys posted if you keep coming back🙂

 

Ten Things To Catch Up

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We are going to play 10 things again today because I got behind schedule again. I had one of those crazy busy weeks!

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This was my celebration face when the lights came back on at the gym. Luckily, I had just finished my interval training on the treadmill. That would have SUCKED to have my treadmill just stop on me.

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The Boss received an award at honors night! She’s done so well for herself in public school. I could not be more proud. It was tough for me when she decided to quit homeschooling, but it was obviously the right choice for her.

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I went out with a friend last week and he taught me how to play darts! I had never played before and had a bit of beginner’s luck. I kept getting bullseyes.

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He took it like a champ…

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QL and I went to a Cards Against Humanity night which was a blast!

And I finally remembered to take pictures of the items from my Favorite Things Party! I didn’t take any other pictures because we have already established that I’m a terrible blogger but it doesn’t seem like you guys care too much. I’m still fairly entertaining.

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SL brought a bag of goodies from Trader Joe’s, duh. I should have thought of this one. I love TJ’s.

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Reggie gave us individual mugs of Malibu and Coke and the cutest hotel keychain!

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Also brought, this amazing lotion. It’s so thick and smells good enough to eat. A Dory bag and hot tea, because there is never not a good time for tea. And Epsom Salt Rub. That’s right, you don’t have to soak in the tub to get the benefits of Epsom Salt. This is going to come in real handy, real soon. I’m not spilling the beans yet, but be ready, I’ve got another adventure up my sleeve.

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And parking cards!! Ha! I will totally hand these out. Also, if I know your car and I see it out, I may just stick one on there because I’m mean like that.

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And it’s not from the favorite things party but my 10th picture is of barbeque, because, well, because barbeque!

That’s all for now, kids! 

Darts, yes or no? Does drinking help? Beginner’s luck? Can I assume that next time I will not be able to stick anything?

Do you play Cards Against Humanity? We should play together if you do. Seriously, download Evil Apples and let me know. ;) 

You’re dying to know what I’m about to undertake aren’t you? Go ahead and guess! It will be fun. 

Birds of a Feather

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I think I got called out a few times this weekend for not blogging for so long! Thanks for making me feel like you want to hear all about my adventures!

You know who you are. 

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Obligatory lunch picture.  Brisket Nachos, y’all.

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The weather here has been so great this past week that I spend every drive with the sunroof open and my music blasting. It’s a simple thing but it makes me so happy.

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Saturday, MW and I went to a glass making singles event. Yes, I know that I am not dating right now, but we had signed up for a few of these things and I am still going to go!

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We had a great time and I will make sure to show you my art when I get to pick it up.

Saturday night I went to a patio party with Miss Vodka and Reggie. It was 70s themed and Reggie decided that our adorable waiter looked like Shaggy from Scooby-doo.

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I think she might have been on to something.

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The shots were flowing and soon we even made drunk patio neighbor friends. Not normally a shot girl, but cherry vodka tends to make me very friendly.

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That was a fun night.

Sunday I hosted a Favorite Things Party but I haven’t had a chance to take pictures yet. I will take some pictures of all the favorite things that were shared this week, I promise.

Shots or not? I don’t normally partake, but on occasion, I have been known to throw a few back. 

Tell me about your artsy endeavours! I had never worked with glass before and it was really fun. 

 

We all Scream for Ice Cream!

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Have I started to figure out a schedule? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Wednesday night, Reggie and I went to the local social run. IMG_4523.JPG

She was thrilled with me trying to take pictures. After the run we were rewarded with beer and pizza and I even won a raffle and got some shoe cleaner.

Pffffft. As if I’m going to clean my shoes. 

I’m working on an article about ice cream shops for a local magazine and since I procrastinated, I have eaten at five (yes FIVE) different ice cream shops in the last two days.

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Reggie and I had ice cream for lunch and it was awesome! Probably my favorite shop so far. Out of five, in case you missed that.

Then we ran errands and my evil tendencies struck again at Hobby Lobby.

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Makes me laugh every stinking time.

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I took everyone’s advice and went out for a mani/pedi last night that included a strawberry margarita. Yep, gonna love dating myself. I’m delightful. And so easy to get along with!

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Then another ice cream stop before dinner. Those cheeks y’all. They are better than any ice cream.

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Then there was some beer and we decided that we needed to eat some solid food.

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I make really good choices with my life.

I finally headed back to my car and it turns out that A had left a little (or not so little) surprise for me on my back window.who put this dick here.jpg

With friends like these…

Thanks for all of the ideas for dating myself. I took some time last year before I started dating to focus on me and it was great. My therapist really pushed the self love and paying attention to what I wanted to do after I focused on other people for so long. I think this is going to be really good for me and I am looking forward to it!

Talk to me! 

Favorite ice cream flavor? My favorite this week has been called Slowpoke, which was chocolate with salted caramel and pecans. droooooool. 

Admit it, do you draw or write things when your friends have dirty cars?

 

I’ll Just Date Myself

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I entered the dating world back in November of 2015 and it has been a continuous beat down.

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There was Creepy McHandsy who could not, would not keep his hands to himself.

There was Speed Racer, who ended up being more of a friend. I care about him and we like each other, but we fight like brother and sister. Or cats and dogs, or Trump supporters and people with common sense.

There have been Stage 5 Clingers and guys that ask if I do anal on the first date. (ahhh, romance)

There have been lots of first dates without second dates.

There was the Aussie who I dated for several months and liked a lot until he crossed a boundary with me and I chose to never see or speak to him again.

And most recently, there was the Professor. Sigh, great first date, I liked him, I let him know that and then he ghosted me.

Just stopped replying to my texts. No explanation, no closure. That’s the fucking worst you guys. It happens often with online dating and it makes me second guess everything about myself.

There is something inherently self deprecating that I have found with online dating. It makes me feel like I need validation from randos on the internet.

Seriously? I like myself and I am a confident woman, but suddenly, when introduced this ridiculous game of “Hot or Not” on the internet, I worry about what these strangers think of me.

So here’s the deal.

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For one month, until my 40th birthday, I am not allowed to date. At all.

I have deleted all of my dating apps and am only going to date myself until I feel like me again. I don’t like the thought of my self worth hinging on whether some guy is going to text me back.

When I go back into the dating world, it has been requested that I blog more about it. So, I will. When I am ready. And not a moment before that.

The next 4 weeks will be spent on me and having as much fun as I can without worrying about dating.

And I started last night.

I spent the evening with queso, good friends and an abundance of laughter.

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So, 4 weeks of taking myself on dates. Sounds like fun to me. 

If you had a month to date yourself, what would you do? How would you treat yourself?

 

All Aboard the Lazy Blogger Express

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I swear I’m trying you guys.

For now I will link back to one of the most popular posts on the blog about Mother’s Day and what it means to people who don’t have the Hallmark Card version of Mother’s Day.

One sentence per picture strikes again until I can get my shit in order and start blogging on the regular.

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Lunch breaks with some of my faves.

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Huntington Beach, CA for the Boss’s 14th birthday.

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We were quite happy there.

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Sand in ALL the places ever.

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She makes my heart happy.

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Snow Cone weather FTW.

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Because my workplace is awesome.

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Mother’s Day treats.

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The Boss’s snapchat story sums me up.

Speak up! Are you still there? 

Best Mother’s Day give that you gave or received? 

Fellow Bloggers, how do you find the time to get your posts in when life keeps smacking you around? Please, help a girl out. 

 

Ten Things

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In keeping with my lazy blogging schedule, here are 10 things that have happened since we last talked.

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I was honored to meet Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and her NFL player fiancé, Andrew East. This was just days before they got married🙂 Truly the most adorable couple and I totally “accidentally” touched Andrew’s butt. #sorrynotsorry

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My divorce was finalized. I have a lot of mixed emotions about this. I cried for about 6 months straight when we first split up. I lost weeks at a time, but I have moved on and I am in a much better place thanks to my tribe.  I wish nothing but the best for the Ex-Mr. Challenge and his future. I may or may not write a full post about this experience. It’s been surprising, to say the least.

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Divorce tacos are a thing. The day my divorce was final, I was surrounded by my support group and fed tacos and love. My heart is healing and I have a suspicion that it may be because of all of the queso.

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There was another meeting of Bitches Who Brunch and I think this may be one of my favorite photos ever. And yes, my friends bought me tiaras (plural) and I had to wear them for 48 hours after the divorce. It made me laugh so hard that it distracted me from a lot of the sadness and strangeness of it all.

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It’s Playoff Season!! I made my bracket but I think I am about to be out already because Tampa Bay is taking Detroit and I did not see that coming.

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Reggie found a truck that was giving away free snow cones for tax day so we had to participate.

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I made queso for dinner during game 4 of the playoffs. Because queso, duh.

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Lola found some baby bunnies in the yard and proceeded to dig them up. The Boss and I made it our mission to try and save them. We did🙂

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You can’t take me anywhere. Acting like a grown up is too hard sometimes.

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And look who I visited last night. There’s something about running when you have emotions to work out. I went to the track with just a tornado of anger and confusion and left with just exhaustion and endorphins. I will be doing that again very soon.

Talk to me! 

Favorite snow cone flavor? I looooove Tigers Blood! 

Does anyone else just have to make dirty words out of the letters in the craft stores? I can’t help myself. I crack myself up every time. 

Any other hockey fans watching the playoffs? Go Stars! 

 

Wanna Play Catch Up?

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Yep, I disappeared again. Had a lot on my plate the past few weeks, as you will see. Let’s play a game of…

One Sentence Per Picture!

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I made a special trip to Torchy’s to try the “Roscoe Taco” last month and was underwhelmed. (The Roscoe Taco contains: a tortilla with a waffle, chicken, bacon, a fried egg under the waffle and syrup. Also, this was a list, not a sentence, so I’m still in the game) 

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Reggie and I tackled another 5k and we BOTH would have had PR’s if the course had not been short, ARGH!!

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The next weekend, we did the Color Run and I had blue boogers for an additional 24 hours.

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We had an important “Bitches who Brunch” meeting.

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I had to go to Orlando for work and this was the view from my hotel room.🙂

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I also got to have my own personal bodyguard which was loads of fun!

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Sending elevator selfies to The Boss back home.

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I did get to enjoy one day off and it was amazing, not gonna lie.

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And yes, I swear I wore sunscreen!

 So you are pretty much caught up. I’d like to promise that I won’t disappear, but let’s not make promises that we can’t keep.

My divorce was final yesterday and I have some thoughts on that, but I will save that for a day when I have more sentences to spare.

St. Paddy Dash

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Yup! We ran another 5k this weekend!

Nope, I did not train, again.

I’m never going to learn.

Last 5k time was 41:57 and I was happy about that because I wanted to come in under 42:00. The loose goal this month was to get under 40:00, but I didn’t have high hopes for this week.

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BUT!! The weather was perfect, the course was super flat and I came in at 40:11.

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Not too shabby since I haven’t really run in 5 weeks or so.

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Food trucks at the finish line!

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They trust you to put your own syrups on your snow cone. This is really what being an adult is all about.

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I bought a timer for my twinkly lights so that I can fall asleep with them on every night. It’s kind of the best thing ever, but I think I want to add some tulle to the strand to soften it up a little.

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Source: Hayseed Homemaker

I had pinned that image years ago and just thought of it while I was sitting in my bedroom this week. I’ll take a before and after if I remember.

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I love it when people bring their babies up to the office!

And yes, I am still playing with the face swap filter on SnapChat

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best one yet.

Also, this filter is kind of amazing. I want to have it on me at all times.

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Ummm, yeah, why can’t my skin look like that in real life?

Sound off! Do you ever take a month off of running and then take almost 2 minutes off of your time? Just me? 

Do you SnapChat?  You can add me if you do: welcomenuts

Any St. Paddy’s Day Racers out there? 

Favorite snow cone flavor? Mine is Tiger’s Blood. :) 

One Sentence Per Picture

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Since I got busy and haven’t been keeping up with the blog recently, I am going to take a cue from one of my favorite bloggers The Hungry Runner Girl and just give you a sentence per picture and then we can consider ourselves caught up, yes?

Yes.

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This Pandora station is the best thing ever (This is How We Do it Radio), I promise.

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When dining at Torchy’s, it is necessary to have two bowls of queso and a bowl of guacamole for just the four of us.

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I saw this in a store the other day and I think I need to make a really big one for my house.

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We tried really hard to do the face swap with Peanut, would that be called a SnapCat?

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Stars vs. Red Wings Game!

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Margaritas with SB, where we always seem to cause a scene.

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Mr Mister and I did our duty on Super Tuesday!

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I got MW to take a selfie where she didn’t look scared to death!

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I added twinkle lights to my bedroom in an attempt to “girly” it up and I totally love falling asleep with them on.

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We lost power at work during the storms and I learned that you can make a light with a water bottle and the flashlight on your phone.

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Yet another hockey game last night with SO many fights!

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Yep, I took a picture of the blood on the ice.

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When you agree to a Starbucks run for two people, that quickly becomes five people.

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I saw this on Facebook and it made me think of my mom.🙂

Now you’re all caught up for the most part! This format works really well for when I get behind, so don’t be surprised if I do this a lot more in the next month. I am SUPER busy with work and I tend to put blogging on the back burner when I get this busy.

I have three races this month so we will talk a bit about running on my running blog soon.

Sound off! Does this format work for you? I imagine that you really just want to see the pictures and highlights and anything that shuts me up is probably a win! Plus, you guys are busy, no need for me to prattle on. 

What am I supposed to do when hockey season ends? 

Best Pandora/Spotify station….go! 

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