10 Random Facts About Me Vol. 9

Okay, so remember when I was going to do a linkup for these? Totally spaced on that when life got super busy! I'm thinking that might need to be a future thing, because there's a lot on our plates right now and blogging isn't always my first priority when life gets busy. :)

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For previous posts in this series, click here!

1. I have always loved dance and gymnastics and could watch it all day. 

2. I don't enjoy wearing dresses -- I used to love them and I think I overdid it on them one summer at work. Jeans for life!

3. For the longest time, my favorite color was teal, but now it's definitely pink. I find this so interesting, because I'm really not a girly-girl at all, yet so many of my clothes are pink.

4. I lean towards a very proactive approach to my health and prefer to eat healthy, stay active, and get any health symptom checked out as soon as it pops up rather than waiting to see if it goes away on its own. 

5. I love running, but not in organized races -- I ran a half marathon in 2010 and will probably never run in a race ever again. Solo treadmill and outdoor runs are more of my thing! 

6. One of my favorite things ever is spontaneous plans. I love texting a friend at the last minute saying "hey, want to grab dinner?" or receiving a text that says "I'm in your neighborhood -- want to grab a coffee?" I just love the thrill / excitement of unexpected plans.

7. If a book or tv show / movie doesn't capture my attention in the beginning, I will abandon it and find something else. I'd rather invest my free time into something that is capturing my attention rather than forcing myself to sit through something that is just so-so.

8. I love eating outside on patios, but whenever we go out to eat during the winter, I always ask for a booth -- I just love the more private feeling of it verses sitting at a table out in the open! 

9. Unless it's summer time, there's a 100% chance that I'm sleeping with socks on. So many people find this quirk so odd since there are blankets on the bed, but I'm always freezing!

10. I'm abnormally sensitive to smells, tastes, and sounds and just recently discovered the reason why. More thorough blog post on this topic to come! 

What's a random fact or two about you?
Do we have any of the above in common?

Snowed In

Remember last week when I mentioned that it feels like it's been winter forever? This past weekend was no exception with a 3-day blizzard!

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We've definitely had snow in April (and flurries in May!) before, but nothing like this! As of Sunday afternoon, we had almost 14 inches of snow and it was still falling at a steady rate!

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The winter mix started on Friday -- first it was rain, then sleet, then hail, and finally snow! Since it was cold and icky out, a few of us ordered lunch and it hit the spot! Agra Culture is one of my favorite salad spots! 

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After work, I headed home to meet Andy and we decided to brave the storm to hit the Apple store to purchase an iPad. Immediately upon arriving, we ran into Alyssa -- one of my favorite former coworkers from Life Time! We chatted for a few minutes and then tried out a few iPads.

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After purchasing our iPad and an Apple Pencil, we decided to stop for dinner since we were starving by this point. I ordered a black bean veggie burger with waffle fries -- it's been awhile since I'd had something like that and it was so good! 

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The storm's intensity was increasing by the time that we left -- the wind was SO crazy! 

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By the next morning, there was a ton of snow on the ground and it was still coming down really hard. Purchasing the iPad the evening before ended up being a great decision because it gave me plenty of time to play around with it. I breezed through my new eBook from the library in no time at all and then downloaded another one to enjoy.

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After reading for the majority of the day, I started playing around with some lettering using the Apple Pencil.

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I found a few lettering worksheets to practice on top of, and then started playing around with some freehand lettering.

Sunday was basically a repeat of Saturday -- more reading, more lettering, etc. Cabin fever started to kick in around Saturday evening for me, but looking ahead on the weather forecast is giving me a little hope -- we should be in the upper 50s next week!

We need to get a case for our iPad -- if you have one that you'd recommend, please share below!
Are you still getting snow?

A Week in the Life

I just always love these types of posts -- ones that allow a little peek into someone's everyday life. I've done "A Day in the Life" post in the past, and thought I'd switch things up a bit and do "A Week in the Life" today. The week being recapped is from a couple weeks ago, but it was a good one! I'm only recapping what I did in the evenings because during the day is just work. :)

I'm an extrovert and love having a full schedule -- until I don't. Over the past couple years, I've finally found a system that works for me -- I've come to realize that I can go-go-go all week long with something going on each night, but also need one night of ZERO plans.

Typically, I hit the gym two evenings or so during the work week and then on both Saturday and Sunday. Since this particular week involved other commitments, I only made it to the gym one of the nights. It's all about balance, right? :)

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MONDAY
Hit the gym after work -- ran 3 miles and then walked for a bit while reading my book. Afterwards, I sat in the steam room for 10 minutes before taking a shower and heading home. Upon arriving home, I typically catch up with Andy, pack my lunch for the next day, and watch an episode of something before bed. Don't judge, but right now I'm watching an episode of Full House each night to unwind. ;) I used to LOVE that show and it feels very nostalgic to be watching it again!

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TUESDAY
I had a dinner date with my auntie on the calendar, so I headed over to The Galleria and wandered around for a bit since I had some time to kill. There was some sort of event or something going on which resulted in fresh flowers absolutely everywhere -- they were so pretty and had me itching for Spring! 

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I ended up finding some Easter goodies for my little nieces, so I purchased those and then headed to Good Earth for dinner. We chatted for a couple of hours while enjoying dinner and then went our separate ways. 

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WEDNESDAY
This was my evening with no plans -- I swung by Ulta on the way home to grab some makeup, browsed through J. Crew Mercantile for a few minutes, and then was on my way. 

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I didn't feel like making anything for dinner, so I popped into our neighborhood grocery store to pick something up. Salad bar always sounds good, so I filled a container and then headed home to relax. Upon arriving home, I worked on a blog post for a bit and then caught up on a couple shows from the week since Andy was at the gym.

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THURSDAY
Andy got us tickets for the MN Opera, which was performing at The Ordway in downtown St. Paul. I hadn't been in St. Paul since Allie's wedding, but it's definitely one of my favorite areas! 

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I was so pumped to see Rigoletto, because it was a favorite childhood movie of mine; however, I quickly realized that the movie I remember as a kid and this opera were definitely not the same. 

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We still had a great time though! The opera went until 10:30pm and I was more than ready for bed by the time we got home! I'm not a night owl by any means!

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FRIDAY
After work, I headed to Target to grab a few things for Easter but first sat in the parking lot of the store for 40 minutes while talking to my mom on the phone.

What's your after-work routine look like?
Do you prefer to make plans or stay home in the evenings?

April Goals

It's been hard to get into the "spring" mindset with it being so wintery outside! That being said, typing out "April" for this blog post title feels a little strange when the ground is covered in snow.

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In regards to my March goals, I did fairly well:

1. Run 2-3x Per Week
Done! I stayed consistent with this goal all throughout the month and definitely feel like it's part of my fitness routine now

2. Update My Wishlist for My Birthday
I added a couple of items, but definitely need to revamp this whole wishlist sometime

3. Purchase a Glass Waterbottle
My sister gave me this one for my birthday and I LOVE it!

4. Take Becca on an "Auntie Date"
Done! We had so much fun and are already talking about doing another one once the weather warms up! 

5. Add a Few Spring Items to My Closet
I ordered this cardigan (in the blush color) that I absolutely love, and also purchased this top and these jeans. I also ordered two tees but they were cut shorter than usual, so I ended up returning them.

April Goals:

1. Drop Clothes Off at Plato's Closet
I've had a bag of clothes sitting in my closet for a couple months and they just need to be dropped off.

2. Get My Vehicle Detailed
This one is definitely dependent on the weather! I want to make sure winter is 100% over before making this appointment. 

3. Clean Out My Dresser Drawers
I'd also like to purchase a couple of drawer organizers from The Container Store to keep things like socks and cami tanks organized.

4. Schedule a Pedicure
Again, this one is a little weather-dependent! I want to get a pedicure so my feet are sandal-ready once we get back up to normal spring temps around these parts.

5. Keep My Desk Clean
I need to figure out a new organization system at work -- I always have so many project printouts and presentation files on my desk and it makes it hard to start my day with a messy desk.

What do you hope to accomplish this month?
What nail polish color do you like to have on your toes?

Winter Forever

We always joke that our Minnesota winters last forever, but this year has gone down as one of the worst.

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We didn't get a true snowfall until after Christmas, and we keep getting blizzards and January-like temps in April. I don't know about you, but I'm SO over it -- and that's coming from someone that typically loves winter.

We stayed in on Friday night due to the cold temps -- Andy rented the new Jumanji movie and I gave myself a manicure while we watched it. Andy enjoyed the movie but I thought it was just okay -- I was talking to my sister about it and she mentioned that she didn't really love comedies. This was a light bulb moment for me because I've never really realized it, but I really don't enjoy comedies either. Thrillers are definitely more of my thing!

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I headed out to the library bright and early on Saturday morning to pick up a few new books and then made my way over to my sister's house. She has one of those letter boards hanging in her kitchen and always updates it with the funniest sayings.

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I hung out with the girls for a bit and then my sister made M&M cookies using our favorite recipe. I swung by the gym on the way home but was just not feeling it -- I didn't sleep well on Friday night, so after tinkering around with weights for about 10 minutes, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and called it a day.

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For the rest of the evening, I relaxed while catching up on a few shows from the week. While Andy was out returning the movie, he texted me to ask me if I wanted Chipotle. Twenty minutes later, this bowl of goodness arrived. I always order the salad bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, 2 scoops of pico, hot salsa, sour cream, and extra lettuce.

On Sunday, I whipped through two library books, did a bunch of laundry, made a return at the mall, and helped Andy out with a project. Our Sundays are usually our "relax and get ready for the week" days, so we try to keep them pretty open! 

What is your usual Chipotle order?
Last movie you rented?