Foodie!!

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was fitness and errand-filled, per-usual!

Saturday was a catch up day. Our fridge looked very, very sad. And I needed to get out and run after being cooped up in an airplane all day on Friday. I got up and ran a quick 2 miles. And then hopped in the car to make it to the 11am yoga class.

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After yoga I headed straight to the Trader of the Joes. And FILLED UP MY CART. Nothing was left behind. There is really nothing worse than opening your fridge on a Saturday morning to find a dallop of almond butter left and your only option being toast. womp. womp.

I fixed that, quickly. We won’t be hungry for at least a week…

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Amidst eating, unpacking and cleaning… Annie killed her lamb chop toy. She’s getting better at tearing apart her toys now that she’s getting older. I get to follow her around and pick up all the “fluff” that she tears out of her victims. One toy destroyed means one less slipper eaten! 🙂

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Annie got invited to a play date at the dog park. Our friends take their dog to this park on a weekly basis. So we joined in the fun! There were so many dogs. Annie is very much the under dog. She never instigates fights, so it was really fun watching her make friends.

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We didn’t hear a peep from miss Annie for the rest of the night. She plopped herself on the couch and didn’t move until the next morning. I’d say she was a bit worn out from her park play date.

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Justin and I made dinner Saturday night. He took charge of the tri-tip and I took over the sweet potatoes and rice. This was my first time cooking sweet potatoes without the foil. It was very much a success. The bottom of my oven is kind of a mess, but oh well.

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All I did was scrub the outside of the potatoes under water and stick them in the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Oh! But don’t forget to poke the potatoes with a fork a few times or else they’ll “explode”… 🙂

I’m planning on participating in Gina’s Winter Shape Up… over at Fitnessista.com. Sounds VERY fun and sweet prizes are involved! Check it out…

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

XO – Army Paisley

 

January Favorites

January marks one year since I went to BOLC. The blog has changed from a daily chronicle of my Army life, to a sporadic chronicle of my civilian life. My favorites are different than before, but they’re still fun for the inner-Army-barbie that I am.

1. Striped shirts from LOFT, I have recently bought this one:

I also bought another one from LOFT, but I can’t find it on the website. I also convinced my mom to buy the above shirt. She loves it. It goes really well with colored jeans, leggings and just plain jeans. Not to mention… LOFT always has sales going on. Today it’s 50% off everything in store!

2. Trader Joe’s Fruit Frenzy Popsicles (read a legitimate review of them here).

I could literally eat all 4 of them (whole box) in one night. I love them so, so much. Justin even understands my love affair with these delicious blocks of sugary-juice. My favorite is the lemonade flavor in the middle, but yet the raspberry on the bottom is the perfect texture, it’s hard to pick my favorite part. Ah, you must run out right now and buy several boxes. You won’t be disappointed.

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Florida Days

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Happy Saturday Guys! Check out the weather I got to enjoy all last week! It was a-maaaaaaaa-zing!

My company (civilian) had their annual conference in Hollywood, FL this year. It was a blast to say the least. I got to spend more time in my swim suit than I have in months. I didn’t want to come home, the weather was too nice to leave behind!!

We flew in bright and early on Tuesday morning. I had to be at the airport at 4:30 am. Yowza. It was 2 hours to Denver, then 4 hours to FL. Talk about long periods of sitting… But we finally made it. I headed straight to my room and got ready for the beach!

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We stayed at the Westin Diplomat. One of the more beautiful hotels I’ve had the opportunity to stay at. Beats military hotels, that’s for sure! I didn’t have very much time, but I did grab a yogurt and fruit cup from the downstairs cafe and happily ate it while enjoying THIS view.

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I loved my hotel room. Ocean view and not one, but TWO shower heads. Man am I lucky? I mean 1 shower head is so Marriott Suites. Come on.

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After soaking up a few minutes of the ocean, my whole team went out to Yard House for dinner. And the games began…

After dinner we found ourselves at a karaoke bar. Ladies night… girls drink free! I wasn’t drinking so I ordered a male co-worker a drink. Little did we know, the red cups were for girls only. His drink was quickly removed from his hands. Oops. I guess they’ve probably thought about this before. Duh.

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Wednesday morning I leisurely woke up and did some work on my laptop while enjoying a very full plate of granola-fruit pancakes. I thought the granola and fruit would be on the top, but I guess their cooked INTO the pancakes. Noted.

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The rest of the day was spent at this beautiful pool:

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This was literally a picture taken from my hotel room. Jealous?

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I also managed to fit in a quick workout while I was there. It was a stretch, but we got it done.

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I did this run-walk workout for about 20 minutes on the hotel treadmill. It was surprisingly effective. Exactly what I needed after a full day of traveling. Let me know how it goes if you try it!!

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Thursday was a work day for us. We had several classes mapped out depending on our positions in the company. I learned some great new ideas, and was even more happy to end the afternoon soaking up the sun. (All work days should end at 3pm by the beach.) Which I is exactly what I did as soon as we were allowed to.

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That evening was the awards ceremony. We got all dressed up for a jam-packed night of dinner (which was incredible!) and awards. I wore this dress that I ordered from Victoria Secrets a few weeks ago. (While I was searching for my dress, I spotted THIS DRESS… OMG, must own!) I kept packing light and just wore my Liz Claiborne marry janes. I spent too much time trying to get my hair this straight, but it was definitely worth it. Look how long it’s getting!

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Our team was so excited and surprised to have TWO winners! Both of my managers won awards, we couldn’t be more happy for them! Go team Nor-Cal!! I was inspired and motivated. Worldwide Express is an amazing company, I’m looking forward to the opportunities and experiences that are yet to come my way!

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It was a wonderful few days. I can’t wait to get Justin back there with me. Sunny weather in January is definitely that much more appreciated if you live in a cold place like Sacramento.

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This trip reminded me again of how much I love my job and my company. It’s truly the wonderful people that make it that much more enjoyable. I’ve said this before, but God really knew what he was doing when he helped me get this job. And I couldn’t be more thankful.

XO – AP

Up next: Stitch Fix order came!! And January favorites will be up soon!

Crash Course

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Hey Guys!

It’s been a while, but I’m still alive. I’ve had a lot of life changes, as you’ll soon see, and have been working my tail end off! The pic above is me working on the job with one of my managers. Selling like crazy!!

But I have managed to get in good eats and workouts. Still the same girl, just not writing about it. In October I ran Nike’s Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. This was my 3rd year of running it. It was just as amazing as the last 2 years. I got to run it again with my good friend Julie.

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The evening after running that race, I bought my very first “big girl car.” I said goodbye to the beetle and HELLO to a BMW!!

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I’m still spending as much time as possible with this amazing guy.

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We made one of many big life moves and got a puppy! The deal with the puppy was that I got to name her! I picked Annie 🙂

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Annie has brought so much joy and happiness to our lives. We’re happy to be her parents. Daily we’re amazed by how great of a dog she is.

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In December I moved back to Northern California to be closer to the leading man in my life. Days are much easier and enjoyable now. Being 200 miles away from your leading man can be difficult. I’m much happier being in the same city with him. Long distance is difficult, I don’t wish it upon anyone. Even if it’s only 200 miles.

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We grew up this year and got our very first Christmas Tree. We said, “go big or go home!” and came home with a tree that was slightly too large to decorate. But we made it work. It was beautiful and we enjoyed it well into January 🙂

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In December Justin asked me to marry him! We couldn’t be happier 🙂

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I told you I’ve been busy!

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas filled with TOO MANY family functions. But we made it work.

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I had a blissful week off from work which I spent decorating our new home and relaxing on the couch. Many cups of tea were consumed. Several books were read. And countless bad tv episodes were watched. It was wonderful.

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January has already been a whirlwind. I re-joined by old yoga studio. Zuda Yoga, which will always hold a place in my heart. One of the many places I missed about Sacramento. Life has become the simpler kind. Work, eat, sleep, yoga on the weekdays. Ride, errands, relax on the weekends. And, well, it’s not so bad.

I miss my college days. I miss my days in Arizona, but California is my home. And I went to college to get a job. So here I am.

How are you guys!? Any cool plans for 2013? What are your new year goals? How about fitness plans??

I’m planning on re-committing to yoga. Moving away from CrossFit for a bit to focus on yoga. Still CrossFit 1x per week, but more balance than before. I’m also shooting to go on a vacation this year… some where tropical. Justin and I have talked about a vacation for years. This year I’m saving up, it’s GOING to happen. 🙂

XO – Paisley