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Whirlwind Life

Life has been a crazy, hectic, mess of wonderfulness lately. What’s been happening?

Last time I posted I was on the fence about starting Weight Watchers again. Well, I did. I lost 19.7 pounds in the first 3 weeks. Yeah…but while that’s awesome. I’m not getting too terribly excited because 1. it was much of what I’d gained back and 2. I know I can’t keep that amount of weight loss up for the long haul. So YAY for losing but keep the expectations lower on how much I’ll lose consistently. I’m also aware that it may fluctuate a lot over the next few weeks because I’m moving soon and it’s a little stressful.

I went on vacation with the fella and his family. We went to Orlando for 5 days and enjoyed pool time with sunshine and warm temps, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, a gangster inspired dinner theater, La Nouba (a Cirque Du Soleil show), laughter, and a lot of delicious vacation food. Fish and chips, amazing steak, fish. And….I was introduced to jaffa tarts.

From the Rose and Crown Pub in Epcot

From the Rose and Crown Pub in Epcot









Seriously, these things are delicious. Orange flavored cake/cream covered in chocolate. I loved them so much that when I saw them on the menu at the Irish pub the next night, I had them again. Kinda ridiculous but I don’t care. They were amazing.

And now we’re back and in the thick of packing so we can move in 2 weeks. Well, less than 2 weeks. I’m slowly freaking out and then K is calming down the crazy until I freak out again. I have so much stuff. It’s major purge time. I’m getting rid of So. Much. Stuff. I’m definitely one of those people who gets anxious about moving/traveling and while I love it, I get really antsy and uncomfortable right before it happens and I just want it over. I don’t mind flying or the airport process per se, but the night before I fly, I’m just thinking, “Ok, I’d like to be on the other side of this now and skip the flying.” I’m not afraid of it, I just get anxious about the process I guess. I’m the same way with moving. But because moving is much larger than flying across country, I’m at the stage 2 weeks prior of just wanting to be moved in and beginning to unpack.

On top of all of these “big” events there’s a lot on the social calendar. K had a birthday this month, a close friend of our’s had a birthday this month that we’re eager to celebrate, we’ve had family events, and we’re expecting my family to come visit shortly after we move. Like I said, it’s been a crazy, hectic, mess of wonderfulness lately.


Monday Thoughts

I woke up early this morning to get to the gym for a 5:30a Spin class. Monday mornings are so much harder than Friday mornings even though I go to bed about the same time. But I was up and at ’em in the dark and the cold. Tonight I’ll head back to the gym for PT and Zumba. This morning as I was getting ready for work I started thinking about my office’s upcoming move to Rockville. If you don’t know, that move is going to increase my commute from 15 minutes (with no traffic) to about 40 minutes (with no traffic). That’s not too bad in the mornings but the afternoons? There’s always traffic. So it’ll likely be a hour to get home. Fortunately, my guy lives 5 minutes from my new office. And actually, I could probably walk to it in 10 minutes. But…my gym and my trainer are staying put. So…I’ve got to start making some schedule changes. Currently, I’m at the gym 2 mornings a week between 5:30a to 6:30 or 7a and 3 nights a week with my times ranging from 5:30p to 8:15p (not that whole time every night). So…if I’m going to be working 40 minutes or more from my gym, I need to change something. I believe I’m changing my work hours a bit but not every day. I think the one thing I’ve decided is that my Zumba class is going to have to go. I love Spin more than Zumba and I get a better workout. Plus, if I’m going to be meeting my trainer at 5:30p on Tuesdays still, I’m going to have to leave work earlier on Tuesdays, which means an earlier start, which means I don’t want to be at the gym until 7p and have no evening time before bed. I haven’t figured the rest of my week out yet but I’m going to try to do that this week and come to terms with the fact that my cozy little HoCo life is changing. See…in 6 months, I’m moving out of my current apartment and more than likely, I’m moving out of HoCo, which means I’m going to be leaving my gym and my trainer. I think I’lll stick with both as long as I can because well…I have a half marathon in six months and I’m going to need that for training. So…a lot is tumbling around in my brain this morning but it’ll all work itself out…I just gotta keep my eye on all the good the future will bring me.

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High Five for Friday

This week I’m choosing to link up with Lauren for H54F. I’ve been reading hers and others posts every Friday for a while and it’s been a good week that can use some high fives. So why not?

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Making Snickerdoodle cupcakes for friends.


Fun new jewelry to wear. My mom got me these and she knows me so well!


Fun surprises from my guy.


A pretty new bed set. It’s fluffy.


My trainer made me laugh by posting this on my wall after my workout this morning.


How has your week been?

A Look Back on 2011

I’m having a hard time coming to grips with it being December 31 already. Where did the time go? Let’s see if I can recap major happenings from each month.


I went to Philadelphia on a quick overnight work trip.
I started working at Curves.
I also did a lot of healthified cooking. Maybe I’ll do a series where I post those recipes up because there were some good ones!


I started the madness of really getting into my cupcake baking and decorating. My first attempt at drop flowers turned out kind of…special.


My mom, her best friend, and my aunt came to visit for about a week.

My sweet Mama is on the right.


My best friend came back to Maryland and moved in with me for what was going to be a temporary thing…
I made these adorable cupcakes


I went to Columbia’s Wine in the Woods.
I made fun sand dollar cookies.


I started this blog!
I did a lot of baking. Peanut butter brownies and funfetti cupcakes, chocolate peanut butter flourless cookies.
I went to Atlanta to see my sister-in-law graduate.


A lot happened this month. I moved into the new apartment with my best friend.
I went to Boston, Chicago, and Dallas.


I went to San Francisco!

I turned 30!


I went to Kansas City.
I went to Atlanta.
I started leading Bootie and Boot Camp.


I attended the Clemson/Va Tech football game.

I baked 7 dozen cupcakes in a week as part of my baking business.

I went to visit my brother and his family and took these little babies to my niece for her birthday.


I got a new mixer!

I went back to Chicago.
I spent a week in NC enjoying my family for Thanksgiving.
I made Chai Spiced Cupcakes and Pina Colada Cupcakes.

Chai Spiced

Pina Colada


I worked my tail off.
I baked Peppermint Patty Cupcakes.

I saw the Lion King.
I went to Georgia for Christmas.


I think I had a slow start to the year but looking back I think it was a great year! I’m looking forward to 2012 and I have so many things I think I can accomplish in it. Here’s a teaser of what’s to come:


And if you haven’t already, go check out what I’m hoping will keep me busy in the new year:

Beaudacious Baking


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I love those J, I, N, G, L, E, bells.
Oh, those holiday J, I, N, G, L, E, bells.
Oh, those happy J, I, N, G, L, E, B, E, double-L, S.
I love those J, I, N, G, L, E, bells.

I don’t know about y’all but I’m in that Christmas spirit now. I decorated my apartment on Monday night. I know have a pretty tree to enjoy every night.

I still want something else in terms of decorations though. Maybe something along these lines:

It’s Finally Friday

I didn’t think Friday would ever get here this week! Not only because, well, it’s Friday, but it’s also the day Verizon was coming to install my cable and internet! I woke up so excited you would’ve thought it was Christmas morning.

This song has been in my head all morning though:

Anyway, this morning before I logged in to start working I drank coffee and had breakfast while perusing a magazine. After staring into my empty fridge I came up with a simple breakfast.


Seriously, y’all, it’s an amazing combination. The Laughing Cow cheese is way better than any ol’ cream cheese (and it’s lighter).

After Verizon came and went, I ran out to drop my old Comcast equipment off and stopped by Chick-fil-A for lunch. I had a hankering and nothing would do if I didn’t get my fix.

A little more work and then Curves tonight. Then it’s officially my weekend. I have a whole weekend with nothing to do. I don’t have to move, I don’t have to work. I can just play and do whatever I want. But I can say, baking will be involved.

Moving On Up

I’m moved in! There are still a few things left to bring over but all the furniture is moved in and mostly things are put away. Still a bit of work to do but I’m in love with the new place! The only thing that stinks is that my cable and internet couldn’t be hooked up yesterday. They have to install a new line because the one running to the house now is old. So it could be a week before I have cable and internet again. But at least I’m in Dallas for 3 of those days. Maybe I’ll have it by the time I get back. Now that I have a roommate to share those duties with me.

After moving and being saltier than a french fry last night, we cleaned up and went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I walked out without cheesecake. I regretted it later in the evening but in the long run it’s a good thing.

How I Feel
Four years ago when I moved from my basement level apartment to my third floor apartment I could barely walk the day after I moved. Yesterday I moved from my third floor apartment to my second floor apartment and I’m happy to say I feel no pain today. I was aching last night and this morning the backs of my ankles were stiff this morning but they’ve loosened up and feel fine now. I think it’s because I’m in better shape than I was four years ago. I joined Curves 2.5 years ago and I think that’s made a huge difference in my strength and endurance. Yesterday was a dreadfully hot day so I was tired from the heat and from the move but I recovered quickly. I can thank regular exercise for that. I may not be where I want to be in terms of my body shape and image but I’m a heck of a lot healthier than I’ve been in a long time.

What are your plans for the weekend? I have a Harry Potter marathon planned for tomorrow and dinner and the new Harry Potter movie on Sunday.

The Best Laid Plans

Earlier this week I fooled myself into thinking I could handle my full time job, which is out of control busy, moving, and my normal workout schedule. I was excited by the fact I was in town for a full week since I haven’t been since late June. But it became apparent on Monday that wasn’t happening. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m getting in plenty of exercise walking up and down stairs with boxes but I’m not getting in a focused workout. It’s making me grumpy, too. But unfortunately, I don’t think that’ll change. Work is too busy. There’s too much to do in the apartments. I’m too tired to lose even more sleep. But I should be able to make it to Zumba tomorrow night. I may be exhausted from the stairs but I’m hoping it’ll actually help me loosen up my muscles some. Since I work Friday night, I’ll be working out a little but I’m taking the weekend off completely!

Heat Wave
I don’t know about where y’all live, but we’ve got a heat wave coming our way starting tomorrow (moving day of course). It’s been humid and hot the past few days but it’s supposed to get really bad tomorrow through Saturday. Last night just walking from one apartment to the next I got sticky with sweat and the apartments aren’t that far from each other! So I was playing around on Pinterest (because I’m addicted) and thought I’d share what I think we should all be doing for the next few days.

We should spend our day here:










With a few of these:







Then wrap up the evening looking out here:










Where do you want to spend the day?

Just Another Manic Monday

This morning I woke up early and hopped in the shower. Before I left for work I threw some things in to suitcases and boxes. Lucky for me my roommate rocks and is offering to take things over to the new apartment today on his lunch. But in all honesty, I left the house this morning stressed out of my mind. There’s still so much to be packed and moved over. There are times when I look around and think, “Man, it looks empty.” Then there are times I look around and think, “There’s so much stuff!!” Some how things have to be packed and I can’t take time off work right now.

Work-Life Balance

 But the thing that stressed me out this morning? All the stuff that can’t be shoved into a box and take one whole trip up the stairs on their own. You know, like the floor lamps.

I know it’ll all get done and I don’t have to have it all moved over on Thursday but I’m stressed and I’m just ready to be done. Or I think I might end up like this guy:


Super Sunday

Just a swingin'

Good Sunday afternoon, peeps! It’s been a perfect mix of productivity and fun today. I slept in after quite a long week. I made breakfast (eggs and apple chicken sausage) and then settled in to watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I intend to see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 but I have only seen the first 2 movies and I haven’t read the books. So we’re starting over from square one since it’s been a while. I actually think I want to read the books but I think I want to see all the movies first. I’m typically not a fan of the movie if I read the book first. Right now I’m enjoying the movies, so I’m afraid it would ruin it for me. Plus if I tried to read the books before seeing the movies, it’d be December before I could watch them.

After the movie was over I got to work piling things together to take over to the new apartment. After a very sweaty move that involved multiple trips on mine and the roommate’s part, I took a quick shower and met a friend for a Starbucks break. Iced tea and a lemon loaf for a lunchtime win!

Then it was back to the new apartment for some unpacking. Now I’m home trying to cool off and figure out what dinner can be before settling in for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Have you seen all of the Harry Potter movies? Did you read the books before or after (or at all)?