Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Final Preparations

I think I'm more excited than ever for a vacation because I have already packed and we don't leave for a few days. Today I dropped off Posh at my coworker's house for babysitting. She watched Posh when we went on our last vacation in September so they already know each other.

We just got Posh a bigger cage because we felt her last one was a little crammed. Although she doesn't like it, she seemed way more relaxed in it. This makes me feel confident that our cross country PCS won't be completely traumatic for her.

The weather was completely gray with big fluffy snow flakes falling on my drive to her house. By the time I headed home, the sun was shining and the snow was starting to melt. 

While trying on my summer clothes for the cruise, I noticed some of my shorts were a bit snug... Wake up call. I still fit in them (without a muffin top) but it gave me a little headsup that I need to be more diligent about my gym routine. Since I am working less, I have no excuse. I'm bringing this up to hold myself accountable. I went today (even though it was a struggle with the weather so gloomy) and Ryan and I are always good about going while vacationing. 

Hubby is working late everyday this week, so he still isn't home. I'm trying to get some last minute cleaning done before we leave, since I will be tied up with work until we leave! I absolutely can't wait for the ocean and sunshine!! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Early Week Ramblings

I thought going to bed early yesterday (early for me meaning 12:30am... I worked until 11:30pm) would make me wake up at a reasonable time... but alas, I woke up at 10:30 this morning. I'm totally not complaining either. I love my ability to sleep in, and I *love* waking up on my days off without an alarm clock.

Last week, one of my coworkers was saying that she wanted some extra hours, so she worked for me today. I am so happy I decided to take off today because I have a lot to do before we leave for our cruise Friday! I woke up to a blanket of snow outside which makes me even more excited about leaving for a tropical vacation. This getaway with my husband is much needed.

I'm currently in a dilemma because I want to go to the gym, but Posh is so cozily cuddled on me, and any sudden movement would wake her. Decisions, decisions...

Today I plan on cleaning, studying, packing, and most importantly relaxing. I feel like I've been very stressed recently and I need to get myself back on track with some relaxation exercises. Happy Tuesday! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Friday was Ryan's birthday! I had to work (he actually took off) but we were able to make breakfast together. When he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, we became obsessed with Mexican breakfast burritos. We made our own! 

After a busy and stressful work day Friday, I was completely ready for some r&r over the weekend. The weather here was in the 60s so our original snowboard plans got scrapped, but we had backup plans anyway. The weather here is so incredibly unpredictable... there is even snow predicated for next week again.

I enjoyed a little stroller ride with the cat. It was the first time I've taken her out in a while and she loved it! I even put the top down for a while, and she was super content. 

Last night we went to visit one of my friends in Arlington to check out her new apartment. Ryan and I loved her new place and community. I'm sure I've said it before, but we do not like where we live... at all. If we were here for any longer, I would probably have to switch jobs so we could live in a different town. Arlington is super cute and fun though! We grabbed dinner and ended with some desserts to celebrate Ryan's birthday! It was a pretty awesome day.

I only work two days next week (yay) and then we leave for our cruise on Friday! I'm very excited! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Homeward Bound

After four awesome days in the big apple, I'm heading back home to DC today. I've visited New York numerous times, and I love visiting my friend without having to do all of the touristy things. I know my favorite NYC spots, and she always has new ideas for us.

My favorite cupcakes in the world come from NYC. Baked by Melissa... They are the perfect bite sized morsels. I am actually thankful they can't be purchased in DC (other than ordering and having them shipped...) because I would probably gain a ton of weight.

We also visited Dos Caminos, a favorite Mexican restaurant. If you are guilty of watching Kardashian shows like me, they often stop at this restaurant. The guac is amazing. 

Dylan's Candy Bar was a new place for me, but I've heard of it before. It's owned by Ralph Lauren's daughter Dylan. She used Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as her inspiration for this store, and it truly is magical. I got hubby some treats from here.

We also took a spinning class, which was amazing and unlike any other gym class I've been to before. I wish they had the classes in DC because it was so good and I would love to go regularly. I feel like I burnt a ton of calories (which was so needed because I think I gained a ton of weight from all of our eating!)

Overall it was a really fun long weeked with one of my best friends from college. We spent a lot of time watching Lifetime movies, which we both enjoy more than anyone I know. I'm sad to leave! I do need to do a major cleanse/fast though to get my body back on track!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I love being an adult

I'm currently on the megabus from DC to NYC. For whatever reason, I am feeling nostalgic today. I think it's because I'm studying for my nursing specialty certification exam. I really haven't had to study for anything since college, so studying made me think about college and the nostalgia pretty much snowballed from there. Plus, I'm visiting a dear friend from college.

When I think back to college, I remember a lot of fun times and amazing people. I also remember staying up studying at the library, waking up at 5:30am for clinical, dreading group projects with people who never contributed as much as me, and being broke. I loved college, but honestly it was so much work. Unlike many people, I wouldn't want to go back and relive those years. 

I'm thankful for where I am in my life. I have a great job, husband, cat, home, and life. I love that I can pick up and visit my friend for a long weekend, and I don't have to worry about catching up on homework or rearranging my work to do so. Life is indeed good, and I truly believe it can only get better!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snowed In

Sometimes things don't go our way, and other times they work out perfectly! Today is one of those times.

To put it bluntly, this winter has been brutal in DC. I'm from northern PA so I am used to snow and cold, but it's obvious that the district is not used to such cold temperatures. Even though I'm a snowboarder, I prefer fair weather over the cold. Each week seems to top the last when it comes to freezing temperatures and snow accumulation.

As I mentioned last week, this week was my last week of overtime for a while. As luck would have it, Ryan got a snow day today... and I happen to be off for the next week! I feel like a little kid all giddy and excited about a midweek play date with my hubby!! We slept in and tried to be productive, but we've mostly been doing this all day... 

We did venture out to get Chipotle and discovered that the roads weren't bad at all. Sadly, it looks like Ryan will be back to work tomorrow. We have tickets to see a movie tomorrow evening, and then on Saturday I visit one of my girlfriends in NYC for the weekend! 

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, but you won't see me posting pictures and status updates about all the goodies my hubby gets me. That's something I just don't understand. I'm thankful for a thoughtful and caring husband, but I feel like people who post those are just fishing for attention. Totally my opinion though, but I just don't find that necessary or appropriate. Just like the pictures people post of all of their Christmas gifts. Stay humble, and stay warm folks! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pet Therapy

I am so thankful for animals. There is NOTHING that calms my nerves or comforts me after a tough day at work the way cuddling with Posh does. Animals are such amazing creatures that I feel so blessed to interact with!

She melts my heart!! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Two of my Favorites

I hope there is a Homegoods in California. If there's not (there isn't one up north in PA where I'm from) I will NEED to find a comparable store. HG is one of the stores I make up reasons to visit, or just visit for no reason and leave with tons of goodies. After a year of hunting for the perfect one, I finally picked out a garden stool. It's currently inside, but I'm absolutely in love with it. Our living room is decorated with shades of brown and green, and this compliments the room perfectly. 

Of course I had to carefully and safely strap it in!

I also hit up the craft store to get some paints and flowers (as seen in picture above). There was a lot of craziness happening while I was there... security being paged on the intercom and two police cars pulling up as I left. I am glad I got out of there quickly.

I usually like to keep my painting progress private until I'm finished, but I am getting too excited with this sunset/beach painting. I still have lots to do until it's finished, but I'm feeling good about it. Painting is so therapeutic for me!  

As you can see I thoroughly enjoyed my day off today. To top it off, hubby gave me a massage AND we got good news at a vet appointment for Posh. I am so thankful, everyday, for this life. I am especially thankful for days where I can kick back, relax, and indulge in peaceful activities like painting. I have to work earlier than usual tomorrow, but I am confident it will be a good day! One day closer to Friday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

After about 10 months (minus a couple vacation and holiday weeks) of working overtime, I am officially cutting back to 3 days a week. For nurses, three 12 hour shifts is considered full time so I will still get all of my benefits, just less money.

Growing up, my mom instilled a strong work ethic in me. She struggled to find a full time job, and always encouraged me to seek out career opportunities and to put 100% into work. I am so passionate about being a nurse and love it, but after doing so much overtime I am starting to feel a bit burnt out.  We were able to pay off all car loans and save a good chunk of change, so I felt like it was a good time to cut back.

I'm looking into getting certified in my nursing specialty, so the extra two days off will allow me to have more time to study, in addition to wife duties. Im working overtime this week and next, but after that I will be finished. I'm really looking forward to this change!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


During the winter months, I often find myself stuck in a funk. It is so difficult for me to wake up and go to work when it's so cold outside. I'm confident I could stay in bed with the cat all day during winter. Every now and then between snowstorms, we get a random day of sunshine and warms (in the 50s, but it'd better than single digits).

On these warm days, I'm reminded that I'm a fair weather lady. I am all about sunshine, and I feel a noticeable happiness and peace when I'm outside on a pretty day. I love my job and the people we've met here in the DC area, but it will be so good for my soul to be in sunny California. 

Ryan and I are about to go on a walk, but we will be home in time to watch the Super Bowl. We had a relaxing weekend, which was much needed after a busy week at work. Let's go Broncos!