Catching Up

It’s been too long. Far too long.

I’m sorry, internet! There’s just so much going on, I simply can not stay on top of it all. And I want to share every. single. second with you but that is simply unrealistic and unhealthy. Oh, and you might not actually be interested in every moment of my life. SOOOO my friends, just like I did a while back in this post, here is an update from each category. And then some.

Arkansas – I am no longer there. If you didn’t know that, I am sorry. I would have thought the weekly posts about running on the beach would have given it away.If you want to read a little about the move, you can click here. If you want to read a little bit about our dreams coming true, you can click here.

Fashion – I have new running shoes. And new running clothes. Because all I do is run.

Ok that’s a lie, I work, I hang out, I sleep, I eat. But a lot of what I do is run, so all the new clothes I have purchased recently are super cool running clothes. Are you interested in a running/workout fashion post?

I am also *trying* to dress cute whenever I leave the house, especially if it’s for something professional. This is what we call “classing it up”. I will do my best to post pictures. Actually, here’s one of my outfit my first day of work. My favorite part of this outfit is that a stranger stopped me at the mall to tell me how much she loved my top and ask where I got it.  Goodwill. Awwww yea!

Work – I have a job! I started working right before we moved down to San Diego from LaLa Land. I am working at the University of San Diego again, different department but same division as before. I LOVE being back on campus. And I LOVE working part time. And I LOVE getting a paycheck. It’s been a while.

Favorite Things – Alright people, here’s the deal. Everyone is doing something favorite-thingsy. And even though like one of the basic definitions of life and human existence is that we are a strange combination of copy-cat and original — I am just not that into doing what every other blogger I read is doing. Or maybe I am. And maybe that’s why I’m blogging at all. Blurg. Bottom line: I need to get over myself. Favorite things post to come in the future.

Friends and Family – My baby sister is on crutches, #3 is moving out here at some point in the near future, the 2nd in command is dominating the hotel industry {and hooking me up with awesome hotels to stay at!}, and my parents are going on dinner dates where my Dad tells my Mom how he believes aliens are everywhere. As for the married-into family? I am living with them. And I like it. Keith-As-I-Live-And-Breathe {which is what I call my father in law} kills the spiders in my room, Janice makes me eggs. It’s awesome.

Los Angeles – I kind of miss it. Don’t crucify me. I am an eternal San Diegan and would never sell out for LA, but LA was fun! I loved driving 40 minutes to the coolest places on the West Coast. I loved meeting up with Matt and Sandy almost every weekend. I loved riding bikes in Santa Monica. I loved having 4 Lululemon shops within 20 miles. I loved that Ryan Seacrest was my local morning show. I seriously loved LA.

Personal – What does this category even mean?? The most personal things happening right now: my husband is gone and I really miss him, I have blisters on my toes and skin that’s been rubbed raw from all of my running, and I’m struggling with setting up healthy boundaries {ie. I say YES too often and NO, well, never}.

Recipes – I have not cooked in months. I can not WAIT to get all my stuff back and cook up a storm! I recently acquired two new cookbooks and I’m reading through them eagerly. This weekend I came up with a recipe for a tangerine margarita. Here’s a teaser photo.

Restaurants – Are my second home.

Running – I completed The Five Experiment! It was great! I ran 100 miles in a month and I enjoyed {almost} every mile. I am keeping up my 5 runs a week, but am not being as nitpicky about the distance. Last week, for example, I ran 3.5 miles one day. I have decided I really like the 5 mile distance, though. It’s long enough to be a good workout no matter what, and short enough that you don’t feel like you can’t make plans at night.

San Diego – Love it. It’s as good, if not better, than I remember. May Grey is in full swing, and is a great reminder of the Ah-mazing climate we have and the fact that this blessed marine layer keeps our temperatures so moderate all year long. Last night I practiced skateboarding at the bay with the fam, and then we ate fresh fish at Point Loma Seafoods. How could I complain when this is just an average Sunday afternoon in San Diego?

Travel – Here’s what is coming up this summer: a trip to the ATL next week to celebrate the completion of Glenn’s Operator training — aaaand to celebrate the fabulous Kelly Reynolds’ birthday. BAAAH! I can hardly wait!

In mid June we are going on a Murdock Extravaganza to Las Vegas. I am pretty sure we are going to try to all fit into one car, and I know for a fact we will be eating at some serious buffets. Then later in June, Glenn and I are going to Scottsdale, AZ for a Family Life conference called Weekend to Remember. We will be staying at the Firesky Resort and I’m puuumped.

Weight Loss – I lost 1 pound during the Five Experiment, and have lost another pound since. Two pounds. Boo ya!

Phew. I’m exhausted.

Happy Monday my friends!




I find it quite humorous that my last blog post was titled “Changes” and yet I had NO idea what changes were really in store for me this week!

This is my living room. Well, part of it. The rest is covered in a combination of things yet to be packed, random trash, gummy bears, and love notes I’m writing to my Arkansas friends.

That’s right, kids, we’re moving back to California! Tomorrow!!


I have hoped and prayed, prayed and hoped, stomped on the ground and contemplated rolling myself into a ball and sobbing {on second thought, I think I actually HAVE rolled myself into a ball and sobbed…} for this day to come. And yet, of course, now that it is here, I am overwhelmed.

Overwhelmed with gratitude for all God has given me. Overwhelmed with thanksgiving for our time here in Little Rock. Overwhelmed at the depth of friendship and love I have experienced in the past year and a half. Overwhelmed at the thought of starting again somewhere new. Overwhelmed at how God’s grace is always sufficient for me.

So, now, for the nitty gritty: We will be living in Torrance, CA and working at a Chick-fil-A there for the time being. Our hope is still to be back in San Diego permanently sometime this year, but for now we are SO excited to be closer to home, and to be moving back to the West Coast! Woop-dee-doop!

Oh yea, and I turned 30 yesterday. It was awesome! More on that later.

Love you all, wish me luck with these boxes!


An Update from each Category

Arkansas: Yep, we’re still here! The weather is crazy, the people are chatty, Boulevard Bread is still my favorite, and we have made some fun friends, which we are so grateful for.

Fashion: It is difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself. It is especially difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself when all you have been wearing lately is running clothes or a mummy-bag winter jacket. I will try to get into something blog-worthy soon.

Favorite Things: My favorite things have all come from the thrift store or the Dillards clearance rack this past month, and sometimes I feel bad blogging about things I have that are awesome but were just lucky finds at Goodwill, because what if YOU want to buy it for yourself and can’t??!! Argh, these are the things that keep me up at night, people!

Friends and Family: I love my friends. I love my family. I love that I have friends and family all over the place. Sometimes its sad, like when you want to see them and can’t, but more often its awesome.

Personal: My sister told me the other day that I had bad breath, and now I’m totally self conscious about constantly having bad breath. I would just pop in a piece of gum, but my Costco box of Orbit Wintermint just ran out. Woof.

Recipes: Fruit Tart, Bran Muffins, and Thomas Keller’s vegetable soup have been my latest kitchen creations. Mmmm.

Restaurants: Tomorrow night I am going to a new one! In Memphis! For steak! I am really excited! I will tell you all about it when I get back!

Running: OH EM GEE I love my Little Rock running buddy Keri. I don’t really understand how God or His timing work, but I am just grateful that I get to be Keri’s running partner even if its only for a short season. We meet 2-4 times a week in the wee small hours of the morning and run and talk together. I love basically everything about it, except for the time when my jacket was stolen.

San Diego: Two of my closest friends at home are having babies like RIGHT NOW {or very soon! Hi Jess and Sheri!} and its sooo weird for me to think that I won’t be there to meet the little munchkins right away, let alone that I will never live in the same city as them again without them having children. I am, however, VERY excited for the baby boom that has taken over my social circle back home, and can’t wait to hold all the little bambinos.

Travel: We head to Memphis tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary, then next weekend we are grabbing Kimberly and meeting up with the Reynolds in Nashville where I will turn 30! AAAAH! I! AM! SO! EXCITED!

Weight Loss: I lost the 5 pounds that I had gained over the holidays, and am working on more. Yippee! I have also been drinking an EXCESSIVE amount of water. I always thought I drank a lot of water, but wow, now I really drink a lot of water.

The end. Bless you for reading all of this. I love your face. F’real.


Spa Day

It feels like I’ve been away from le internets forever. Hi everybody!!!

With my family in town last week, I had planned several all-day outdoor excursions, visits to museums, and hikes up, down, and all around the local mountains. Sadly, my injury kept us from doing almost all of that… but we DID get to have a spa day!

My littlest sister {Katherine} is currently a student at Paul Mitchell, learning to become a hair stylist to the stars. She kindly and graciously practiced some of her new skiiiillllzzzz on her older sisters, including her famed shampoo and head massage.

The head massage was nice, but I think it would have been *slightly* more relaxing somewhere other than the kitchen sink.  I kept envisioning my hair getting caught in the garbage disposal. Ouch.

There was lots of shampooing. I have lots of hair, you see. Katherine kept telling me to relax, but everything was striking me as hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing.

In order to get me more relaxed, Katherine attempted a mini massage after the shampoo. This is every little sister’s dream; to give your older sister a shoulder massage.

I know you youngest children live to serve us oldest’s!

We finally went into the bathroom for the cut and style. Chop chop.

After a drastic reduction in length of 1.5 inches, it was time for the blow dry and style. This is where Katherine could really show her stuff.

It’s pretty nice having a professional hair stylist in the family. We all know I’m doing my best to bring out my inner Southern Belle, but honestly, having someone else do it is much simpler…. and the results turn out better.

Sadly, I was too excited by the final results to remember to take a picture… so this is the only photographic evidence of my beautifully styled hair: a blurry photo taken later that night. It’s really blurry. Beware.

Can you get the idea of the hair, though? It looked good. Trust me.

In other updates: thank you so much for all of your kind words and concern about my ankle injury. It is healing up well, and the nasty bruise is almost gone. It shouldn’t ruin my ability to run or train for my upcoming half marathon… I am anticipating the same results and training, and will definitely keep you all posted.

Have a lovely Tuesday,


Around Town

As I was driving around town yesterday, running all sorts of errands, I saw some crazy stuff.

There was this man, dressed in a chicken suit. He was the advertising for Arkansas Silver and Gold. Naturally. Why wouldn’t you wear a chicken suit to tell everyone you buy silver and gold?

I was almost home when I drove by this guy. See him all the way to the left? It’s a Google Earth photographer. Kind of creepy but also kind of cool to see this Google Earth in action.

Finally, as Glenn and I were on our way downtown, a man sprinted across the street, into oncoming traffic, and came INCHES away from the hood of my car. I slammed on the breaks, squealed, and thanked God something bad didn’t happen. We then promptly inhaled these delicious pretzels at The Flying Saucer.

Weird day!


What a Difference a Year Makes!

Let’s take a minute to examine some of the things that have happened in our lives since July of 2010.

1. We  live in Arkansas. {Not gonna lie, never thought this would be something I said.}

2. I own two pairs of Tom’s shoes. This is how people know I am a Christian. Duh.

*side note: check out this hilarious post on Stuff Christians Like about TOMS*

3. I am self employed. {Sometimes referred to as unemployed, but I like self employed better.}

Pause for happy dance.

4. My seeester, #3, came to California to live with us, then came to Little Rock to live with us, and as of this week has an apartment of her very own!

5. All of our friends are pregnant. At least it feels that way. Here are two of them: Jessica and Julie. I love them. And I’m jealous of their maternity pants. Cute jeans with a stretchy waist? Yes please!

6. We do not own a car. Not even one. Come to think of it, we don’t own a couch, either.

7. We have a TV. And we have cable. This is particularly exciting considering the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians just started.

8. I have been called a Yankee. More alarming than this, however, is the fact that the term “Yankee” is still used in a part of the country that is not New York.

9. They sell Magnum bars in the US. I still get *really* excited every time I pass by them in the grocery store.

10. We view 90 degree weather as “on the cooler side.”

Catching Up with Coupons

We are back in Little Rock after a lovely week spent with family and friends in San Diego. I have so much to catch you all up on! First up, though, I am going to the grocery store as our refrigerator and pantry are completely empty. And I’m arming myself with coupons.

You read that right, coupons.

I was always kind of anti-coupon because I thought it seemed like such a waste of time and am totally not into the idea of buying and cooking with only what’s on sale.

What if I wanted mussels in a white wine sauce but none of the ingredients were on special?! I couldn’t possibly live without my gourmet recipe being used THAT WEEK!

After a couple of episodes of TLC’s Extreme Couponing {those women are insane!} and seeing The Krazy Coupon Lady save a family hundreds of dollars on the Nate Berkus Show {this is my life: TLC and daytime talk shows} I decided to give it a try.

I’ve only clipped coupons twice now, and I only do it for like 15 minutes a week. I still go to the grocery store once or twice a week, not every day, and I certainly don’t have a “stockpile” of 900 bars of soap or diapers for my yet-to-be-conceived children like some couponers do. I HAVE, however, saved $20 on groceries and anticipate saving again today. The way I figure, 15 minutes is well worth $20.

With that, I am off. Have any of you ever tried coupons? What do you think? Have you seen the benefit? I will be sure to let you know what, if any, savings I am able to score today.

Adios for now.


Apartment Tour: The Flooded Edition

It has been raining in Little Rock. Every day.

I used to think I loved the rain. That was when I lived in the land flowing with milk and honey. A land where the sun comes out to play. A land where 3 days of rain causes more traffic than anyone can handle.  That land is not Little Rock.  At least not today.

Did I mention it’s been raining every day? It’s got me feeling a little grouchy.

I have determined the ideal amount of rain is one day a month.  That’s enough to break out the galoshes, to give the weatherman a reason to exist, and to provide the flowers plenty to drink.  The ideal amount of rain would not make rivers of flowing water seep up through the base of your apartment building. The ideal amount of rain certainly would not make your apartment look like this:

Or smell like this:

Oh wait, you can’t smell it. I will describe. Imagine the back of a plane where the air conditioning hasn’t really been working. It’s the end of the flight, the restrooms have been, umm, used, and you hit some serious turbulence. You are about to lose your mind.  That smell.

Thank goodness for our awesome  maintenance man who knocked on our door early Sunday morning {after it had been raining for 3 days non-stop} to see if we were flooded. He and his crew moved all of our furniture and put a couple of air blowers to work.  It sounds like the inside of a hair dryer in our living room. This sound lulls us to sleep nightly. Or wakes us up at 2am, filled with terror, wondering what kind of blood-sucking monster is living down the hall.

Little Rock is set to dry up on Wednesday. Hopefully our apartment will follow suit! For today, we are glad all of our earthly possessions are safely stored in sunny and dry El Cajon, California. The fact of the matter is, as much as it stinks {literally} to have a flooded apartment, there are SO many worse things that could have happened.

A note from the author: In a humorous twist {and evidence of God’s grace in my life} the sun started shining right as this post went out.

What I Did this Weekend

Hi friends!

Happy Monday.

When I worked in an office 5 days a week, Mondays were the days where everyone asked everyone else what they did over the weekend. In my office I generally had the best weekend stories. It was probably because I was unhealthily busy, but that’s beside the point. The point is, I miss being asked about my weekend, so I’ve decided to share it with all of you.  Ready?

This weekend I drove through flash floods. Well technically I rode through flash floods.  It was probably a bad idea. A very baaaad idea. We didn’t know it was actual flash floods until we got to our destination… we’re from Southern California, people. The sun ALWAYS shines where we live. We don’t know what flash floods are!

It felt like we were floating down a river the whole time, and there were white caps on Kavanaugh Boulevard.  White caps. Like in the ocean. Here is an image I tweeted Saturday night.

This weekend I got over myself and paid $22 instead of $125 for rain boots. I went to Walmart. I’m still hoping for the Hunter’s one day, but these navy blue galoshes on my feet are pretty flipping cool. Also: they block rain very well. I even did a little puddle jumping yesterday.

This weekend I watched more hours of E! than even I care to admit.  I could not get enough of The Royal Wedding. I was mildly obsessed. She is just so beautiful and they genuinely seem so sweet! I wish them the absolute best and hope they break the Royal trend and stay true to their wedding vows forever.

This weekend I decided to join a challenge. The Reshaping It All 65 Day Challenge. You guys might remember I mentioned this book in my first weight loss post. I adore this book, it has impacted my life greatly.  After eating my fill of Easter candy… it’s time to re-check the goals and re-read Reshaping It All. I’ve never really been a part of an online community challenge before, so I’m excited to see what it’s all about and maybe make some new friends. Anyone else interested in doing this with me?

Finally, this weekend our apartment flooded. Note: The lower floor of the building is great during tornadoes, not so much during excessive amounts of rain. More details on that soon.

Breakfast at Boulevard Bread Company

Boulevard Bread Company is my favorite place in Little Rock. The other day I was making a list of things I would miss when we leave {should the day ever come…}. You know, to try and stay positive about this whole living in a tornado shelter thing. Here’s my list:

1. Boulevard Bread Company

2. Being able to get to the airport 45 minutes before my flight because there are never lines.

3. I got nothin’. There may not be a third thing. If you’re wondering why I didn’t include my two friends in town, Beth and Carol, it’s because they can be transported from Little Rock to California to come see me.

Back to Boulevard Bread Company.  I could {and sometimes do} eat there every day.  Yesterday I was there twice. I can turn anything into a reason to stop by Boulevard.

It’s hot outside? You need an iced tea. Boulevard Bread Company has the best iced tea.

It’s not hot outside, in fact it’s frigid? Good, because Boulevard happens to make the single most delicious latte in Little Rock.

You are having a 7:30am budget meeting? Make it better by picking up some pastries at Boulevard.

The dentist told you to stop eating sweets? He shouldn’t, because your sugar addiction is keeping him in business.. nonetheless, Boulevard has a huge list of delicious sandwiches.

You’re trying to lose weight and nothing I’ve mentioned so far categorizes as “healthy”? Check out the Boulevard fruit plate.

This fruit plate has been my go-to since February. Pears, oranges, grapefruit, sometimes apples, a little melon, pineapple {my favorite}, strawberries, roasted almonds, and a few crostini covered in goat cheese. This is my perfect breakfast.

Bottom line: If you live in Little Rock, spend some time with the good people and great food of Boulevard Bread Company. If you don’t live in Little Rock: this place might be reason enough to come visit me. I’ll be waiting for you in the apartment building that’s surrounded by thunder storms and tornadoes. See you soon!