Five Fab Friday Faves!

Hi everyone!

It has literally been forever since I have posted! I even came up with some good posts and then never ended up putting them up! Shame on me! But here I am, and I am back! I promise I will be more regular from now on…quick life update: made good grades, love my job, moving back to Texas in 3 weeks for another job, having an overall great summer.

So here we are for 5 Fab Friday Faves! (Not my original idea, but everyone else does it and it’s SO cute!) These are my current obsessions!

Mio Liquid Water Enhancer-I am sure you have seen the commercials for this, and they’re kind of catchy. It is like a dropper bottle of flavor to put in water! I am trying to drink more water lately, and this helps change things up some. I bought the mango-peach, peach tee and strawberry-watermelon. They cost like $3 at any grocery store, have a locking cap and are easily transportable in your purse! Follow them on Facebook and you can print off a coupon!

Pure Barre Technique classes-This is a ballet/pilates/grand jete workout class I have been doing. It is SO hard and really works every muscle in the body! The first few classes I just felt like I was going to collapse, but the more I did it and stronger I got, the easier it was. Every class is still challenging, but you can see muscle definition results quickly and you feel great! Check one out in your area if they have it! They are running a new member special, where you can get a whole month unlimited for $100, and compared to the $23/class price, thats an awesome deal!

Wet & Wild Mega Glo bronzing powder-I love bronzer. And I spend a ton of money on it. But I hate putting on expensive makeup to go to the pool and float the river, so I dipped into CVS to pick up a cheap bronzer, and now I love it! It covers so well, doesn’t look too shiny and stays on all day. For $3.50, it was a total steal and might be incorporated into my every day make-up routine soon!

Tilapia and nectarines-My current food loves! It is totally random too. There is this restaurant in Homewood, Al called Pinches and they make this delicious fish sandwich, so I figured I could make it myself! Breaded some fresh tilapia fillets, pan seared in some canola oil, put on a piece of toasted bread and viola…there it is! I also am on a nectarine kick, which I bought because they looked SO pretty at Publix.

Lilly Pulitzer accessories-I always love Lilly but I am OBSESSED with my new phone case! I don’t love prints on my phone, because sometimes I fear it looks unprofessional, but once I put my new case on I didn’t even care! And sure enough, everyone thinks it’s totally cute. It has personality and I just love it! Thanks to the Pink Door in Memphis, TX for that one!

So there you have it everyone, my Friday Favorites for this week! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and I’ll definitely be back tomorrow!

Feeling Alive!

Happy Wednesday! Or hump day, to those who like to use that terminology. Personally, I hate it. It doesn’t give a dirty connotation to me or anything, I actually have only started hating it since moving to Alabama. Here in ‘Bama (as the locals calls it), we have speed humps. Now…what in GOD’s name is a speed hump? That would be the Alabama version of a speed bump. Why they call it that, I am sure there is a great story, but I just don’t know it yet. Should I ever find out, you’ll be the first to know.

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I completed registration for the triathlon here in Birmingham today! Way to wait until the last minute…did I mention this race is on Monday? Like, this Monday. You only live once, right? Memorial Day tris are becoming a tradition for me, and have a significance believe it or not. Last year, I did CapTex tri with Fit Chick Britt, and it was on the 9 month anniversary of having my brain tumor removed.

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So this Memorial Day is the 18 month anniversary! That means 18 months healthy and still kickin’ over here! The tri originally was kind of a bucket list thing for me, and I guess it still is. Shows me not only am I alive, but I’m doing pretty darn well and really living my life to the fullest. Next Memorial Day in Texas again!

But now that I’m registered, that means I have spent the past 2 weeks in crunch time to get ready! It’s a sprint, so I think I can handle it. The registration process had me estimate my finishing time…and I think I did a very bad job. How am I supposed to be able to do that? I’m not a timer when I bike or anything. Note to self, start that because I might have told them double the time it will actually take me…hopefully.

So back to the whole, I don’t LOVE running thing from the other day. The one thing that makes me really enjoy running (and at the same time makes running in a triathlon such a pain) is music! I always have my iPod of iPhone with me when I am running to jam to some tunes. I am a country fan for the most part, but when I am running, I like to have songs on with a good fast beat so I run to keep up with it. It tends to make me faster, and if I really like the songs, it makes time pass very quickly! I busted out my old iPod last night and listened to a playlist that came from my college volleyball warm-up CD. Check these throw-backs out…

David Banner-Get Like Me
FloRida-In the Ayer
Lil Wayne-Got Money (remix)
Savage-Swing
Pussycat Dolls-When I Grow Up
Nickleback-Animals
Linkin Park-Away from You
Dem Franchise Boys/Korn-Coming Undone with It
Remy Ma-Conceited
Mims-Like This
3 Doors Down-Ticket to Heaven
Timbaland-She Got It
Brittney Spears-Overprotected

SWEEEEEET playlist huh? Brought me back to college definitely. Liked it so much I’m going to use it again tomorrow haha I can’t use an iPod during the race, so I am winging it there.

Tonight was softball night for the firm. I was all excited because I got new Nike shorts to match my uniform and it was the first time I was going to wear them! Ok, ridiculous I know, but first of all I really like matching, and second of all, I am always looking for an excuse to get new Nike shorts! Baby blue, white and navy is totally cute, and matches my jersey perfectly! I probably look better than I play, but that’s what matters right? I play catcher and am absolutely not the star of the team. But the rules state a girl has to be on the field at all times, and they usually hit the ball so I don’t have to do too much. Regardless, it’s a really fun time!

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We won tonight, again! So far, CWCD is undefeated for the season…going all the way baby! After the game, we had an awesome dinner at Outakes in Homewood, AL. The chicken tettrazini was just to die for The owner was so nice and packed me a to-go container for lunch tomorrow! If you’re in the area, definitely check it out for lunch.

After a long day or work and play, I’m catching a quick episode of Criminal Minds while ironing my shirt for tomm, and hopefully not scaring the daylights out of myself so that I can sleep! Goodnight!

Home in Houston!

Ok…what a week! I haven’t been posting because I have been home in Houston on vacation for spring break! This week was absolutely amazing even though it was very short. Going home is always awesome, because I raelly do have a great hometown full of awesome people that I love. And since I was SO busy hanging out with people and running around, I didn’t get the chance to blog. Here’s the rundown of my Houston trip… 

Starting with Monday, day of travel. I’m lucky that I had a good friend in Birmingham to driop me at the airport, so I didnt have to pay for parking. All was well until I actually got in the airport. Apparently the weather in Houston was bad, which meant that  all the flights in Birmingham were delayed. My 12:00pm flight turns into 1:00, then 2:00, then 4:15pm. I’m getting worried in the airport that I am not going to make it home in time for the rodeo! God help me I miss Kid Rock perform, and heads will just roll. So FINALLY, I get on the plane and make it back to Houston. Dad picks me up, we rush home and I change and head to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. with my best guy friend! Kid Rock was FABULOUS! He does an amazing job in concert. I haven’t ever seen him perform before, but he rocked. I’m glad he played some of the old school songs and not just the new stuff. I used to live for “Cowboy” and “Bawidabaw” back in high school!

If you’re not from Houston, you might not completely get the esense of the rodeo, but its just an experience. We had sausage on a stick, had  few beers, saw some friends and watched the rodeo events go down. I only wish I could have been in town for more of it, but at least I made it for one night!

So the second full day in Houston was terrific. I started off wedding dress shopping with my girlfriend Nancy, who is marryong one of my best guy friends. She looked amazing in every single dress! I can’t post any pictures, because that would give away the suprise, but stay tuned for wedding photos in November! Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Lance Wilson!

Then I took a special visit to see my “nephew” Rayden. Rayden is the son of a close friend of mine, Matt, and his wife Lyndsay. Matt is in the US Navy, stationed at Little Creek, VA, and will be shipping out next week to Libya for 10 months. His son is only 7 months old and Lynds is doing a great job raising him on her own while he is gone. I love going to visit him, because hes just so previous. This boy will be breaking hearts in no time!

Later that night was girls night out! I have some fabulous girlfriends from high school, and we make it a point to get together whenever I am in town. We always meet at La Cabana, a Mexican food restaurant in Spring, and have margaritas! It is always so fun to catch up, dish the drama and just have a great time. (You might recognize one of them…thats Fit chick Birtt!)

On Wednesday, it was time for interviewing! I am looking for a cummer clerkship in Houston in the field of environmental law or oil and gas corporate law. I love the downtown Houston area and would love to work down there again. So everyone thinkg REALLY GOOD thoughts and hope that I get one of these jobs so I can come home for the summer!

I decided to spend that night hanging with the family. We are Medican food from Papasitos, one of the best restaurants around, and watched Survivor and Storage Wars. My family’s guilty pleasure is reality TV, and we love watching all our shows together. It was fun to hang out with them for a little bit, and to see our puppy! Sox is the funniest little dog ever, and wasn’t gung-ho about me forcing her to take pictures all night haha!

On Thursday, just a short time after ariving in Houston…it was time to leave again 😦 I headed to the Houston airport. I was so excited to be selected for the body scanner, because I raelly wanted to know what the hype was all about! It was about…nothing. So anti-climatic, I was totally bummed. You literally step in, let the thing spin aroudn you twice, and then step back out. Seriously America, we spent months and protests and energy actually complaining about that little thing?! What a bust.

Grabbed breakfast, made it to the gate, and of course…all hell broke loose. I am like kryptonite for air travel apparently, because nothing went right on the way home. After my original flight was delayed 4 times, it was finally cancelled, as was the next flight to Birmingham. Apparently there is a flight attendant shortage, and the one assigned to our flight decided she didn’t want to work. How lovely of her! The next flight was cancelled too, but I managed to grab a standby seat on a 1pm flight and get home to Birmingham finally!

After a quick trip to the grocery store and a shower, my best friend from Texas drove into Alabama for a visit. Birmi ngham, we have RED RAIDER INVASION! Melinda, my best friend, her boyfriend Sam and his brother Jack, are staying with me for the next three days and I am just exstatic to see them! We only get to visit about once a year, so this visit is really special. She is my first visitor in my new apartment! We started their visit off at Dave’s Pizza in Homewood, AL, which is a favorite of mine. Unforunately, everything closes early on Thursdays and we were too late to go to Yogurt Mountain 😦 good thing it is open tomorrow!

Ok…PHEW, thats it! What a whirlwind trip to Houston, but it was SO worth it. I hope everyone is having a great Spring Break, has anyone done anything fun? I’m returning to th real world life of a 1L with the appellate brief looming over my head, law week spproaching and my taxes that really need to be finished. But for now, I am going to enjoy sleeping in my own bed for a night and getting some sleep! Happy St. Patrick;s Day everyone, enjoy your green beer!

Disclaimer!!

My blog is nor professional advice. I'm not a chef, a nutritionist, a certified sports medicine professional or a lawyer (yet.) I'm just a girl who tries to cook healthy for herself, coaches off personal playing experience, lives by the law she knows and understands and blogs for enttertainment. Seek out a professional if you need help is any of the above categories. Thanks for reading!