Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year is Good for Procrastination

Is it March yet?  This leap year stuff really messes with me.  But, it's given me an extra day to catch up on my February Photo a Day Challenge pics.  I thought I would do better, but this month has just been so busy!

So, without further adieu, here are my final February pics:

 Day 22: Where You Work...this is where I spend most of my days! 
Day 23:  Your Shoes...I just bought these two pair of heels.  Love them!
Day 24:  Inside Your Bathroom Cabinet...messy I know
 Day 25: of my favorite green signs
Day 26:  Night...can you see Knox?
Day 27:  Something You Ate...Mellow Mushroom's Kosmic Karma pizza with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jerk Sauce and Pineapple...YUM!
Day 28:  Money...I NEVER have cash so $6 is a lot for me to carry around
Day 29:  Something You're Listening To...Carrie's new single "Good Girl" came out on iTunes yesterday and I'm loving it! Have you heard it?

How did you do with the February Photo a Day Challenge?  Next time remind me that 29 days is too long for me to do a challenge.  :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Red Carpet Ready

On Sunday night, Fred and I attended the 11th Annual Ronald McDonald House of Memphis' "Oscar Night America".   
This was our chance to walk the red carpet, enjoy food from local vendors, view the Oscars and give to the RMH.  The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis is a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at St. Jude.  Here are some pics from Sunday night:

after arriving on the red carpet
our table
enjoying the yummy food and drinks
my parents even made an appearance...aren't they cute?!
The Smithwick's
and I even won the silent auction bid for some Lululemon items.  You all know my obsession!
 And by request, here are my awesome Jessica Simpson heels I rocked.  I love these bad boys!
 We didn't get to see much of the Oscar's but I did have to check out the fashion afterwards.  Here's my favorite: 
Seriously, how gorgeous are these two?!  

Who was your favorite?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Done And on to the Next One

After several weeks of training, I have successfully completed my first "real" 5K. I ran in the Move It Memphis 5K this past Saturday.  The race took place in Downtown Memphis and the weather couldn't have been more perfect.  This was the first 5K I've ever trained for and the first I've ever ran entirely. 
I was so lucky to have my hubby there running with me and supporting me. 
Move It Memphis 5K Finishers
Here are my official stats of the race
I did it in 28:30.  I am so pleased with my results because I wanted to be in under 30 minutes, but I was so surprised to see that I was the 9th person in the female 25-29 division.  Yay! 

I'm also so proud of Fred for training like me and running this 5K.  He did great! 

If I can do it, you can do it!  I used the Couch to 5K app to train and I think it really helped.  The main thing I learned while training and running this race...I'm so much stronger than I ever thought I was.  Now, on to a 10K.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ready, Set, Run!

Since the day has finally come to run my first "real" 5K, I thought I could use a little motivation to get me ready .

And of course, Carrie Underwood's legs.  Le sigh.

Wish me luck!  I'll definitely be recapping on Monday!  And I'm off....

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Training Week 8

This is the week that I am going to run an actual 5K.  I'm excited and nervous at the same time.  My original goal was to run the 5K by mid-March and I am pleased to say that I am ready to go!  
Here's my training schedule for this week:

Sunday 2/19: Week 8, Day 1 Couch to 5K
Monday 2/20: Pure Barre class
Tuesday 2/21: Week 8, Day 2 Couch to 5K and Pure Barre class
Wednesday 2/22: Rest
Thursday 2/23: Week 8, Day 3 Couch to 5K
Friday 2/24: Pure Barre class
Saturday 2/25:  Move It Memphis 5K

Also this week, I discovered a cool app to keep track of my water intake thanks to Jenn.
It's called "Waterlogged" and it's very simple and fun to use.  Here's what happens when you reach your goal:
 Pretty cool, huh?

I'm so ready for Saturday to get here! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Destination Known

Remember here when I talked about where we wanted to go on our 4th Anniversary trip? 

 Well, it's been decided and we're going to...
Yes, we're going to Vegas!  Now, I know this wasn't one of our choices in the beginning, but we wanted somewhere warm where we could lay by a pool and relax, but we also wanted to have things to do.  Plus we didn't want the hassle of a rental car and we had a rather inexpensive companion ticket to use anywhere in the 48 states that expired soon. 

So, where better than Las Vegas?! 

{2007 at the Bellagio fountain}
We went to Vegas together right after we got engaged, but that was more of a touristy trip with two of our best friends.  Neither one of us are much for gambling; so, that's not a why we wanted to go either.  This time we plan on the trip being more laid back and going at our own pace.

I'm so excited because we'll be staying here...
And Fred, being the good hubby he is, has graciously agreed to take me to see The Beatles Cirque du Soleil show.  He's not a fan, but I am!
And I really want to take a romantic gondola ride through the Venetian with Fred since we didn't make it to Venice in December.
I also plan to get in a little retail therapy.  And we plan to eat our way through Vegas just like we did in Chicago.  :)

We are so excited to visit Vegas again, but what else should we try to do? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feb Photo A Day Catch-Up + Giveaway Winner

I'm slacking on this whole February Photo a Day Challenge.  Oops!  So without further adieu, here are my catch-up pics:

Day 14:  Heart...the Smithwick heart
Day 15: Phone...I am a tried and true iPhone user
Day 16:  Something New..My mom and dad gave me this Tiffany & Co. bracelet for Valentine's Day
Day 17:  Time:  I have the top one set on Central time and the bottom one on Eastern time since I was in Miami
Day 18:  Drink...water has been my drink of choice here lately
Day 19:  Something You Hate to Do...unloading the dishwasher has to be one of my least favorite chores.  Yuck! 
Day 20:'s the order I needed to post these pics in  :)
Day 21:  A Fave Photo of You...although I was telling my mom NOT to take my picture, this is my favorite pic because I love the way my stomach looks.  Now, I've just got to keep working hard to get ready for boating season.

And the winner of my 700 Followers Giveaway is...

my bloggy friend, Kristin from Busy Bee
Congratulations, girly!  Be on the lookout for an email from me!

Thank you to everyone for following and entering the giveaway!  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Out and About: Miami Style

Last week, I had to make a last minute trip to Miami for business.  Terrible, I know.  I had some fabulous food, great meetings, entertaining people watching and unbelievable weather.  

Here's some of what went on:

Upon arriving in Miami, I had to try Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road. Yum!
I then found my way over to the convention center where I attended meetings at the Miami International Boat Show
I did manage to get in a couple of hours in the sun. 
And even saw this man walking down the street with no pants.  Only in Miami.
I had to make a stop by Dash Miami.  Unfortunately, the "Dash Dolls" weren't too nice to me.  :( 
I can't tell you the number of Bentleys I saw.  Amazing! 
And there's nothing better than sitting on Ocean Drive, enjoying a Starbucks and people watching.  
Then I saw a cruise ship pass outside my hotel room.  Lucky people.
And my last morning, I enjoyed a run on the boardwalk and had this incredible view. 
I really enjoyed my 2 days in Miami, but I was ready to get home to Fred and Knox.  Now, it's back to the real world and I just miss the weather.  

So, what have you been up to?  

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  It ends tonight at 11:59pm.