this and that

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Happy Thursday guys! I'm super excited today because we're finally in the countdown to the end of the Spring semester. (If you're in class too then I'm sure you're with me on this one!) Anyhoo, 27 days! Less that 4 weeks and I can put Anatomy behind me forever and get to enjoying a stress-free summer!

Yesterday I finished the 3rd of 5 major exams so I finally feel like I can take a breather and think about other things (like blogging!) for 5 minutes.

Now don't get me wrong, it hasn't been 100% work and studying lately...maybe only 90%. I've still had a little time for this:

https://www.lulus.com/categories/179/shoes.html



online shoe shopping! How did we survive before that was a thing?? You know, back in the olden days of the late 90's and early 2000's? Anyway, now I just need to find someplace to wear these babies!  (Like dinner with the girls tonight...Happy Birthday Chris!)

And of course, with the weather being so beautiful and sunshine-y lately I've had to put my notes down and make some time to pimp out the back yard (aka plant flowers, pull weeds taller than my husband and hack down trim the gigantic rosemary bush going rogue in the side yard). And I happen to be a firm believer that any and all manual labor deserves a celebratory glass of bubbly!




We had a little sitch in our laundry room the other day when I found a puddle of water on the washer and we realized our in-home sprinkler system had sprung a leak. Oops! We (and by we I mean my husband) had to fix some plumbing and replace a huge chunk of moldy sheet rock. Yuck! Lucky one of us is good with tools (hint: it's not me.)

I've also made time recently to scare the bejesus out of Travis (and now maybe you!) trying out one of my fave new beauty products: Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask. Works like a charm (looks terrible)!





Okay, okay back to the books! Hopefully soon we'll all be spending our days more like this:





<3 you guys!

devil dog

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Blog world, meet Harley...




the devil in a chi-weenie suit. 

I can imagine what you're thinking...that cute, innocent sleepy little puppy is the devil?? No! And, okay I may be exaggerating a little bit. He can be pretty adorable sometimes. At other times...he has me considering full scale dog-acide. See, Harley is a chihuahua/dachshund mix, the stereotypical spoiled only fur-child belonging to my dad, and this week Travis and I have been pet-sitting the little guy. You know those people who think their own children are angels and everyone else's kids suck? Yeah, that's me, but...you know, with animals. 

It's just that Harley has a different way of doing things. He likes to investigate. Everything.




He likes to stick his nose in your mug and drink your coffee. A caffeinated chi-weenie is not a pleasant chi-weenie. And an un-caffeinated me is not a pleasant me.

He likes to bob for tennis balls. Gross, Harley.





And he likes to sing for joy when I arrive home from work. Only, his singing sounds like screaming, and his screaming makes Eddie howl, and the howling makes Ella bark. So basically it sounds like I'm running some kind of doggy water-boarding torture in my garage at 12 am. My neighbors love me right about now. (Sorry neighbors!)

Ultimately, will I be sorry to see devil dog return home today? Nope! Will I pet sit again? You betcha! Cause who doesn't like to hang out with the devil now and then? For my dad, anything!


And speaking of Vegas...

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We weren't though, were we? But that's okay, cause I love me some Vegas!
Travis and I decided a little Spring Break relaxation was in order this year and since Sin City 
is only an hour's flight away -and there are tons of great deals online- we thought, why not?
We decided to try out Vdara, a newish hotel at City Center, and booked our package through Travelocity. The room was gorgeous, and I think the view proves it was a good choice!



I found a little lace party dress on Amazon for $25 and it needed only minor alterations to get it
Vegas-fied (win!)




In two and a half days we managed lots of window shopping, gambling (I freak out -sick to my stomach, seriously- if I lose more than $20. My husband does not have that problem...which may be why he wins and I don't. Lol) and saw the new Cirque show Zarkana (loved!) We stuffed our faces ate at some great restaurants: Julian Serrano at Aria for tapas was one of my faves this trip, and we celebrated our anniversary a teensy bit early at Nob Hill Tavern, where we had our wedding reception last summer. 



The only bad was our flight with Spirit Air. Have you heard of Spirit? Neither of us had, so of course my dramatic hubby was convinced we were going to crash and die somewhere over the Sierras. That didn't happen, obvi. Thank goodness. But oh em gee, those flights were so bad it was comical: late both ways (6 hours for the return trip...patience is not a virtue of mine and that made me really cranky), a $100 charge for carry-on bags (say what??) seats so tiny it was like squeezing into a 5 year old's booster chair...and the kicker? The lady in the row behind me asked for a glass of water, to which the flight attendant responded, "Ma'am, we don't offer complimentary beverages." 
Really? You don't offer complimentary water?? 
So yeah. Next time no cut-rate airlines.

Other than that little glitch, I couldn't have asked for a better mini-vacay! If only 
we didn't have a billion and twelve weeks of school left until summer...




Listen all ya'll it's a sabotage...

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Okay, so I realize I'm kind of dating myself here, but "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys is probably one of my all-time favorite music videos: the toupees, the faux mustaches, the ...er sexy trench coats...so wrong. And yet so right. Don't believe me? Watch for yourself!


                               


Eh, maybe it's just me. But this video seemed fitting for today since sabotage just happens to be what I've been doing to myself lately. (How's that for a segue? Subtle, right?)

Time to catch up on what has become one of the biggest parts of my daily life lately: Revolt Fitness. The fifth week of our "Uprising" is coming to a close and wow, has it ever been a challenging few weeks! 

First, the good stuff: at this point we've had a total of 24 scheduled workouts, and I've managed to stay almost completely on track with that, missing only one. Yay me! This might not necessarily seem like a big deal, but I have serious exercise ADD and eventually quit most programs out of boredom. (I'm looking at you P90X and Brazilian Butt Lift) For me to have stuck with something on a regular basis for 5 weeks speaks volumes about what an awesome job Nicole does of keeping the workouts fresh and interesting. Not only am I not even remotely bored, but I feel stronger, and I'm starting to see some muscle definition, especially in my legs and bootie. Woot! Buh-bye muffin top!

Okay, so now for the bad: this is where the sabotage comes in. Although I did awesome with the diet for the first nine days (totally sugar free!) then, then Travis and I took off to Vegas for a little spring break R&R. If you've ever been to Vegas,  you know my dilemma...that whole damn city is wall to wall with amazing restaurants (it would be cray to skip dessert!) and the casinos pretty much shove free drinks down your throat (far be it from me, apparently, to say 'no thank you' to gratis cocktails.) Anyhoo, you can imagine I fell -or rather jumped- off the wagon and headfirst into a loaf of jalapeno asiago bread for a few days. Since we've been home, I've managed to get back to clean eating...mostly. I'm all about the fresh meats and veggies and  haven't had a Lean Cuisine in weeks but with my weird work/school schedule, following the Revolt diet to a tee has been next to impossible. And my biggest problem, my biggest issue, the bane of my existence is my terrible sweet tooth. My self-sabotage in the form of indulging candy cravings is definitely keeping me from reaching my full potential. I need to get a grip you guys!! Seriously, I need some kind of restraining order for any and all chocolate related goods. 


Yup. That's pretty much how I feel. Like a crazy whacked-out candy monster. 


Well, fortunately, tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to make good decisions. Hopefully, admitting and documenting my mistakes will be the catalyst I need to change...and put down the Reese's. I'd like the rest of my fitness challenge to have a new theme: less "Sabotage" and more Nelly's "The Champ."



            
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