Fun Facts Friday: May 15th

Aloha Friends!

Let us get to the fun facts shall we??

1. I ran my first 5K of the year last night!

Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge 5K

I ran with some coworkers in the Vermont State Corporate Cup Challenge and it went pretty well actually! I was expecting to run it around 37 minutes and came in at 35:30 final time which I was veryyyyy happy with given that I just recently started pounding the pavement again. The weather was perfect, a little chilly at the start but once we got going I was happy to have a cool breeze. There were about 4000 runners/walkers that participated which meant for quite a bit of congestion throughout downtown Montpelier. My goals were to just keep good form, use my yoga breathing and not stop to walk, thankfully I hit all of them!

2. I met my first blogger friend in real life!

The lovely Rachel of the blog Darlin’ Rae aka the other badass Vermont blogger and I knew we would be running in the Corporate Cup but weren’t sure we’d be able to meet up before it given the craziness of the event. As luck would have it I had just taken a spot in line at the start and noticed a bright and shiny new pair of birthday sneakers that I recognized from her blog (cause I’m a creeper and remember that kind of stuff). We got to chat a bit and give our well wishes for the race, she is such a sweetheart! If you haven’t checked out her blog before I don’t know what you are waiting for!

3. I tried an awesome new beer that I must find more of!

Foley Brother's Brewing

After the race we headed to The Reservoir in Waterbury for a little post run food & drink. I decided to try the Foley Brother’s Brewing “Fair Maiden” double IPA and was not disappointed. It was perfectly hoppy but smooth and probably way too easy drinking for it’s own good. If you have a chance to try it out I highly recommend it.

4. My dress for baby sister’s graduation came!

Loft Scallop Dress

The Loft was having a sale online a few weeks back and I snagged this awesome dress marked down from $89 to $33! I’m really digging this color for summer and it surprisingly goes with my current pale complexion though I hope a few rounds of self tanner will give it a little more pop next week 😉

5. Grey’s Anatomy Though?!?

Grey's Anatomy

All the feels for this stupid television show that I’ve never missed an episode of 11 years running.

Judge me as you feel necessary!

Have you ever met a blogger friend in person?

Are you part of the terrible television show watching club?

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5 Days Later… New Year’s Resolutions

Well hello there strangers!

This post is coming at you from the glorious comfort of my home Sunday evening… as in pre-writing a post instead of scrambling around Monday morning during my break at work per usual. I am delighted to share some 2015 goals with you lovely folks on this fine Monday morning 😉

Just for Me

Make a budget and actually stick to it. I’m one of the least budget oriented humans on the planet. On occasion I knock budget making out of the park but then it’s like “OOO look at all of this money I saved… must spend it now.” Approaching my 25th year of life I’ve decided it’s time to get serious about a realistic plan for my mostly hard earned cash. I’ve been researching apps and various articles/websites about keeping tabs on finances and hopefully I succeed in saving.

Volunteer. I’ve been a part of lots of groups in my life. All of those sports teams, clubs and social organizations offer so much but one thing I seemed to overlook was the fact that almost all involve volunteering. Now that I’m not part of as many groups I really haven’t done much by way of volunteering (unless you count the wine festival) in awhile know but I really believe Burlington is such cool place to live and it’s time to start giving back to the community.

Meal Plan. Actually cook the meals I plan. Truth be told I’m actually fantastic at meal planning. Organizing recipes and seeing how to use ingredients in multiple meals is so fun for me. Then there is that whole following through on actually making the meals that I seem to stink at. I get distracted with work or social events that constantly seem to pop up and then dinner becomes either out or cabinet specials. So far in the new year I have cooked 4 super simple but delicious meals and I’m so excited to keep that going. 100A6FDE-06A2-4126-838F-CE773098240BIt may not be pretty but man oh man was it delicious.

Health & Fitness

Prioritize it! I used to put fitness at the top of my daily to do list. No matter what it was I made sure to get even the smallest work out in. While 2014 was better in terms of regaining that passion for health and activity, there is still so much room for improvement!  I mean I have the least expensive yoga membership ever & a gym in my office building… there should be no reason I can’t get in workouts.

Run 5 Races. Last year I ran a 10K and a Half Marathon and quite honestly I could have put in a lot more work than I did. I love training schedules and working the mileage into my daily routine. I think 5 races is an attainable goal and how could I not get excited about more race bibs??

Lake Placid Half MarathonI did it for the bib.

Strength Train. I don’t use weights… weights and I are not friends. We could be but I basically wrote them off the first time I met them. 2015 is the year I push myself to use them. Maybe even go to a cross fit class or two that my friend has been begging me to take with her for a year now 😉

Blog Life

Be more consistent. I’ve basically failed at maintaining any sort of consistent posting schedule. I may not need it to be all five days a week but if I could get to at least 3 a week I’d be over the moon. I also want to make sure they are as quality as they possibly can be. Writing posts the night before if possible and being able to tweak them instead of rush is a priority.

A Face Lift. I will soon be taking a web design class with the hopes of not only graduating (it’s required) but also learning more about how to do things with this fancy schmancy blog I’ve got. I’d love to get some better photos on here and clean up the joint in general. There are so many amazing resources out there that I absolutely need to take advantage of.

Be more health & fitness oriented. In addition to prioritizing fitness in my life I’d also like to share that on this blog more often.  I’m obsessed with following your weekly workouts and it’s so fun to see how the training process is going for everyone. I’ve mentioned random classes I’ve taken and fitness goals I’ve been working towards (getting a yoga membership was a big step) but I’m looking forward to sharing even more.

PlannersThe only thing better than one planner is two planners. One for daily life and one for fitness, meals and blog stuff.

Cheers to keeping me accountable in the New Year 🙂

Do you have any fun resolutions or goals for this year?

Can you believe it’s already the first Monday of the year???

What’s a blog without a blog survey?

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I saw this making it’s way around and decided to give it a go thanks to the “tag you are all it” from Baking in Yoga Pants & PB & PRs

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

DKB

Karebear

Reen

Coat Check (long, high school related story)

Four jobs I have had:

Cart retriever/expert grocery bagger at Hannafords

Professional “Very Berry Sundae” maker at the Costco food court

Assistant Front Office Manager (and various other front desk related titles) for Marriott

Market Research Associate for a healthcare IT company (current)

ThrowbackI used to work Christmas at the hotel, it was tough.

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

Titanic (no shame)

The Little Rascals

Superbad

16 Candles

Four books I’d recommend:

The Westing Game (5th grade book, still a classic)

The Notebook (sappy sapster over here)

The Kitchen Boy

Moneyball

moneyball_book

Four places I have lived:

Milton, VT

Westminster, CO

Knoxvegas, TN

Burlington, VT

Four places I have been:

Belgium

Ireland

Germany

England

Four places I’d rather be right now:

At a pub in Ireland

Snowboarding in Breckenridge, CO

On a beach in Fiji

Cuddled up by a cozy fireplace

Four things I don’t eat:

Any kind of nut that is not peanuts

Mayo

Orange flavored things

Sour cream

Four of my favorite foods:

Cheese

Chili

Corned Beef & Cabbage (only on and around St. Patrick’s Day)

Ice cream

Cheesecake Factory Damage

Four TV shows that I watch:

Scandal

Modern Family

Parks & Rec

Friday Night Lights (still, constantly)

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

Visiting my rents in Colorado (date tbd)

A.S. in Business & Marketing

Getting a big girl camera to continue growing the big girl blog

Running another half marathon

Best Poster Ever

Best Poster Ever

Four things I’m always saying:

“Are you going to finish that?”

“Can I have the rest?”

“I do not have time for that S*&t” (mostly sarcastically)

“GO VOLS!”

Continuing on with the trend, anyone who wants to participate should do so now 🙂

Awards Season

I know it’s not actually awards season anymore BUT I was recently nominated for another Liebster Award (you can read the first one here) and it reminded me that I was also nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger award forever ago so I thought I’d participate today!

First off thank you to Tried and Glue for the Liebster nom! If you haven’t checked her out please do so, she is incredibly relatable and has grown a tomato… I can’t grow a thing so I’m impressed. She is even taking a Japanese class which I literally think is the coolest thing ever!

Big thank you to Sam at The Running Graduate for the Very Inspiring Blogger nomination! Sam is in grad school just across the lake from me in NY and it has been so fun getting to (internet) know her! She’s passionate about running and enjoys a good beer and ice cream… you all know how I feel about beer and ice cream.

So here are the “rules”

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you. Woot! Woot! Thanks Sam 🙂
  • List the rules and display the award.

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  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

My Seven Facts

1. I was 100% a tom boy growing up.  Tomboy

2. I’ve known my three best friends for more than 15 years, we could not be any more opposite if we tried but somehow it works 🙂

MeredithMeredith is my boss friend, she is a currently a Second Lieutenant (soon to be 1lt) in the Army and is stationed all the way in El Paso, TX!

HeatherHeather is my nerd friend, she’s currently in New Orleans working on her master’s degree in Architecture & Historical Preservation at Tulane.

MariaMaria is my hippie friend, she just graduated from Elon and wants to go into the Peace Corps.

Four of us

3. I want to become a mascot someday, I once got a small taste for it in high school during a Blood Drive…

Mascot

4. My spirit cheese would have to be a sharp cheddar.

5. I’ve skied/snowboarded 20 different mountains across the country and into Canada. I plan on making this number MUCH higher in the coming years!

Colorado

6. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the fiddle however I could not be less musically inclined if I tried.

7. I have an entirely irrational fear of ferris wheels. I love roller coasters and thrill rides but something about a ferris wheel makes me so freaked out.

Nominations

Nominations are tough because I feel like so many people I follow have already participated but I’ll throw a few out there and if you’ve already participated, my bad!

Tried and Glue

Andrea Out Loud!

Julie Goes Healthy

The Keen Peach

Baking In Yoga Pants

Thanks for the nominations guys, it was a blast!

Feel free to share a fun fact or two below 🙂

Recapping: A Fantastic Wedding Weekend

So I’m recapping my weekend on a Thursday… worst blogger ever award goes to me. I planned to do this Monday night when we got home but then I got distracted with fantasy football drafts, Tuesday would have been good but I was playing board games and Wednesday was an under the weather type of day… so even though it’s practically a new weekend here you go!  As many of you know I attended a wedding in Connecticut this weekend and I could not have asked for a better way to spend the long weekend 🙂

Some highlights…

A Saturday morning spin class at Fairfield’s Zen Ride I’ve been to Zen Ride once before (first class is free) so when I knew I’d be in Fairfield the night before I signed up for an 8:15 am “ZenTensity” class that proved to be well, intense!  If I’m being honest it was a little pricey but I absolutely got bang for my buck.  The instructor Terre was high energy and high reward, just what I needed to kick off a weekend of eating and drinking.

ZenRide Spinning Studio

A Rehearsal day (yes, day) that was amazeballs.  Zach’s hometown friend Jeff and his bride-to-be Kaitlin pulled out all the stops for the rehearsal day and I was so happy to have been included.  From meeting at the venue to hanging out at a the Arrigoni Winery including a wine tasting for the entire bridal party (which I think was a great idea) it was one of those days you hope to repeat again.  The bride had a full on itinerary… you know how much of a planner I am so I was all about this. Kaitlin actually has a blog that I found a little while ago (basically I was like I’m going to your wedding, I should look you up on the Facebook… oh shit is that a blog? Hellsssss yeahhh it is! End scene) anyway it is called For Love Of Carrots that you guys must promise me you will check out!!  She gives great advice for not only athletes but also overall health and well being.  After this weekend I definitely trust her opinion on food plus she posts pictures of their adorable dog, Brady. Win! Jeff and Kaitlin        The happy couple at their Rehearsal.

GroomsmenA handsome bunch of groomsmen.

Zach and ISometimes we clean up well, sometimes.

Arrigoni WineryThe wines were delicious, my favorite was the River Bend. We did damage on a couple of bottles of that!

An upgraded hotel room with a tub fit for a Queen.  There isn’t much to be said about this except WHO DOESN’T LOVE A FREE UPGRADE??? In all my 6 years in the hotel business I’ve never been upgraded… I didn’t think I would be as excited as I was but look at me writing in capital letters about this.

Rehearsal dinner at the best cupcake shop in Connecticut. No seriously, it’s been voted on. I’ve already talked about NoRA Cupcakes in my 4th of July post but seriously they had their rehearsal dinner actually AT NoRA’s.  Talk about a good time! The room was laid back but so fun, they had a belly dancing video on loop next to Finding Nemo because why not? The food was catered from I have no idea where and was delicious but the star of the night was this massive chocolate cupcake that I ate half of and basically wanted it to be my best friend.

NoRA's CupcakesI felt this was the only face appropriate for my feelings towards this cupcake. You are welcome.

A solo trip to Target. The hole that I feel inside not having a Target in Vermont is far too large to put into words. I tend to make sure if I go out of town that I can make a trip to Target and I could easily spend hours in each section. I understand how people can be like “what is so special about Target?” actually no, I don’t understand that thought process because to me that’s like saying “what is so special about a puppy?” and I’m just not having it.  Anyway this particular run was less than fruitful but still it was exactly how I wanted to kill the day pre-wedding time while Zach was off getting his groomsman on.

Spending as much time as I wanted getting ready for the wedding.  The shuttle didn’t leave until about 4:45 which meant I had all the time in the world to get ready (i.e. dance around in my sweatpants for hours) and I took advantage of it!  I mentioned before that I had ordered my dress online from Lily Boutique so I of course had to snap a few pictures before leaving the room. I am quite pleased with how it turned out!

Lily Boutique DressI loved the color!

A bus ride with another fellow blogger Caitlin from Cait Plus Ate! Caitlin was so sweet and remembered me from the engagement party we went to last summer.  I’ve also been reading her blog for a couple of months now and she does an awesome job of sharing advice and giving reviews of fitness classes as well as restaurants & bars around the Boston/CT area.  Bonus: her dad is a Tennessee alum and her little sister is a current student. The minute she said Go Vols I knew we’d hit it off 😉

An absolutely gorgeous wedding that not even the rain storms could ruin. The wedding was held at the Wadsworth Mansion and while it had to be pushed under the tent at the last minute, not even the crazy storm could distract from the beautiful couple and their even more beautiful vows.  I don’t know the couple that well but in just hearing those vows you don’t need even need to know them to understand them. So adorable!

Then of course there was the beverage consumption, the incredible dinner and more ridiculous dance moves than you could possibly hope to see.

Wedding CoupleBlushing bride and some of her groomsmen.

Zach and IThe only photo of Zach and I and it’s blurry/post rain and dancing. Of course. Good thing we have another wedding this month to try again…

As I mentioned before,  it was an awesome way to spend a Labor Day weekend!

Cheers to adding the H 🙂

Have you ever been to an all-day Rehearsal? This was my first but I gotta say it was a cool and different way to get the bridal party together.

Favorite cupcake place?? This is actually important to answer.. because then I can go find it.

Liebster Award… you shouldn’t have!

I got nominated for an award you guys! What! What!

I’ve seen the Liebster award floating around blog land for quite some time now and now that I’ve got myself a blog I was so excited to find out Maddy from Media Junkie Jungle nominated me. Maddy has a lovely blog with GREAT style! Definitely check it out!

Liebster Award

Prior to this my awards have been,

Junior Class Spirit Night “Best Performance” (my one shining moment in theater)

Senior Class Best Participant (short for you were not bad at sports but you were not good either)

Class Clown

Most Outgoing (who, me?)

Welcome to the trophy case Liebster award 😉

Anyway, the Liebster award is essentially an award for bloggers who love bloggers. It is a great way to recognize the blogs that you love but also check out some new ones!

The rules:

-Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
-Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
-Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
-Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Step 2:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?

New Zealand… I’ve never been but it is on the top of my list. I would also own a pet sheep named George which I believe would be a package deal on moving to New Zealand.

2. Pick a store where you would shop if you had no spending limit

Kate Spade has been killin’ it for me lately! I’d be in dress heaven.

3. Would you rather drink your least your favorite drink or eat your least favorite food for the rest of your life?

I drink everything way too fast (sometimes proves to be a problem if there is alcohol involved) so I’d definitely choose to drink my least favorite drink- I’d get that grossness down as fast as possible.

4. Favorite Genre of Music?

I love all sorts of music (stereotype to the max) but I’d have to say I consistently love British Indie/Rock Bands. Though I can get down on some hip hop and rap NO PROBLEM.

5. Fame or Fortune?

I guess I would say fortune? If I had money I could buy those Kate Spade dresses…

6. What do you think makes a blog great?

I think knowing who your audience is and being relatable make for a great blog. Whether you have a fitness blog with tips and tricks or a fashion blog with photos of beautiful outfits the ability to have your personality shine through is a great quality. I think it is so fun to feel like you know them and get to go on an adventure with them

7. What is your biggest goal right now?
I have a couple in the works right now, first off finishing my degree and secondly I’d love to make this little bloggity blog a “thing”

8. If you could go to any time period which would it be and why?
1920’s I’d make an excellent 1920’s lady.

9. How would you explain your blog in 10 words or less?
Super random, sometimes witty and always authentically me.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
I love 4th of July! Growing up we always had a massive family pool party (I’m talking hundreds- we roll deep in the Reen family) and it was always such a great time to have everyone get together.

11. What is your favorite thing to write about?
Vermont. I took it for granted growing up and swore I’d never come back, now that I live here and have this (I think) pretty awesome life it’s been so fun to get to share the different events, restaurants, and classes around the state. Oh and one day I’m going to post an outfit that someone would actually want to wear- BIG DREAMS 😉

Step 3:

I have nominated the following lovely blogs…

thislifeissparkling

juliegoeshealthy

runningpretty

southernsweetcity

casuallychicbymonique

happynhungry

bakinginyogapants

runner’sre’treats’

darlinrae

andreaoutloud

sprinklesandsugarplums

Step 4:

My questions…

1. If you could trade places with one person for a day who would it be?

2. Who is your favorite athlete?

3. What made you decide to start a blog in the first place?

4. What is a tv show that you wish would never end?

5. What is the best meal you’ve ever had?

6. If you could get a one way ticket to anywhere in the world, where would it be?

7. Do you have any embarrassing habits?

8. What is your favorite form of exercise?

9. Would you rather live in the mountains for the rest of your life or by the beach?

10. What is your adult beverage of choice?

11. Where would you like to see your blog in one year?

Thanks again, Maddy!