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

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I Might Be Back?

 

The truth is… winter time reminds me of blogging. I started my blog in December of last year. I spent many nights sitting in my hotel in Arizona… blogging. It was really one of my favorite things to do. That, running and shopping.

Thank goodness for Tucson malls.

I made a delicious dinner tonight. And all I could think about was… I want to share it!

Let’s get caught up, yeah?

1. I started a new job. Now I work in sales. It’s been 2 months. And candidly… that’s why I haven’t been blogging. I’m working my butt off. I absolutely love my job, but I barely have enough time to eat/sleep/workout… Let alone take pictures. But now I’m getting in the swing of things and hopefully I’ll be able to find some more time here and there.

 

But, lately… this guy has been getting most of my weekend free time.

2. I went to a horse show in Santa Barbara. I took my horse, Benson – and my mom and I had a girls weekend. It was an absolute blast. And I even came home with a blue ribbon! I definitely left the snobby people of Santa Barbara in their own town. I appreciated the beach, but I could have done without the attitudes. Yeesh!

 

 

3. I drank coconut water from a real coconut. To be honest, it tastes exactly like the store bought kind. Except the packaging was a little cooler… don’t you think?

 

4. I went to a Giants game… in a suit. One of my company’s corporate executives came to visit us from Dallas, TX. My boss said, “Hayley, Brenden bought us Giants tickets. Obviously it’s optional, but we’re leaving at 5:30 if you want to come.” Um… Optional? Oh, that’s funny. I think we sat at the 13th row… Not too shabby. 😉

 

 

5. Justin ran the Tough Mudder. And I almost died as a spectator. It was 95 degrees… and no shade. I met a friend while I was standing in line to purchase my 2nd beer and hot dog. (There was nothing else to do.) We then found ourselves some grass and shade… Quite a hike away though. Next year… I’m participating. It looked like so much fun! **Minus being electrocuted.

 

6. I’ve been eating EVERYTHING pumpkin: pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin tea, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin protein shakes, pumpkin/banana pancakes. You name it. If it says pumpkin, it’s instantly in my shopping basket. But, I’m officially obsessed with this tea… I’m making a bold transition over from vino at night, to tea. Bold. I told you.

 

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7. Gas is almost $5 a gallon. Except I’m sure I didn’t have to remind you of that. Last Friday was the most expensive fill up, ever. Mind you, I drive a VW Beetle. But still… $65!! Let’s be real, people!! That’s a whole week of groceries for me. That’s a pair of sale pants at Banana Republic. That’s dinner for 2, PLUS an over priced bottle of wine at dinner!! Seriously??!!??

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What have you all been up to? Made any delicious holiday recipes lately? Caught the pumpkin bug too?

XOXO

Paisley