May 7, 2017

April Highlights 2017

Saturday, April 1 Did some shopping at Pier One and At Home and bought a few things for the house including some new curtains (bottom pic) for our dining room. I like them well enough.


Thursday, April 6 Hopefully my last snowy drive to work and happy 21st birthday Meara.


Saturday April 8  Woke up to this awful news:
I had only been to the barn twice but I met most of the horses who died.  I felt pretty sad the whole day but did my best to stay busy and spend time with Brian and Z.

Sunday April 9 Bought a bunch of mulch for our front yard landscaping and after laying it all down got some ice cream from Frosty Boy. It was well deserved!



Monday, April 10th  Decided to try out a 'new to us' restaurant in Ada called Saburba.  They have an eclectic menu and Brian got the Fried Chicken Bowl with sticky rice and I got the Bibimap. It was pretty good though I prefer the Korean food at Emonae. I do regret not getting a slice of the lavender cake.

Thursday April 13. If it weren't for Monday this could have been an all star week which has never happened before! Such a slacker. 


Also, Snap story:


Friday, April 14  I've been eating healthy-ish the last few days and this is what I'm presented with at work this morning. (One of my many first world problems.)

Sunday, April 16th   It's Easter and someone wants to sit by me!

Wednesday, April 19th   Messy slime session

Saturday, April 22  Zuzu's not a cuddler:

Enjoyed Sara's baby shower and even won a prize during the baby gift bingo game:

Met some of Brian's tennis buddies and their significant others at Andrew's birthday. (No, I'm not wearing a sombrero):

Sunday, April 23 Installed new wipers on the Subaru by myself! It only took an hour of tutorials on YouTube to figure it out!


Tuesday, April 25th  Did a ton of yard work (thanks Heidi and John!) and bought some stuff at the greenhouse:

Thursday April 27th  Was tempted to buy this at World Market.


The end of April was actually very nice because Brian and I took the whole week off and accomplished quite a lot. It might have to be an annual occurrence!


April 4, 2017

March Highlights 2017

Friday, March 3rd  I got thrifty (love Kohl's sales), sweaty (love MMA class), chatty (love Skye) and brave (Love me!).

Monday, March 6th Zuzu played with some cute friends at daycare and enjoyed a car ride with the windows down:

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Thursday March 9th  Brian and I left to visit our new nephew in Minnesota. I loved seeing where my sisters live, spending time in the city, and getting to see Aiden before he is all grown up. I wish I would have gotten a picture of us at the delicious brunch spot Skye and Mitch chose for us but oh well.  It was a great trip and I wish we lived closer so we could visit more often. Luckily we have plans to see everyone again in July!



Monday, March 13th  I discovered I strongly dislike Spindrift blackberry water (though the other flavors are amazing) and I very much enjoy Noodles and Co. "The Med Salad with Chicken".
Monday, March 20th  Happy Spring! It was warm enough to stretch outside in between my two MMA classes today.

Tuesday, March 21  My little and her homemade (messy) gold slime. I'm sure her granny loves when she comes home covered in glitter.


Sunday, March 26th The Barn in Lowell had an event for BBBS today and I took my little to go check it out.  We had a tour of the farm which included a chicken coop (I bought some free range chicken eggs for both of us!) furry goats and of course, the horses.  After the tour the kids were able to brush and ride the horses in between the pouring rain and also create a cute craft.  Even though the weather wasn't the best we had fun and it was nice to get to know more people in the program. We are even planning an outing with one of the other matches next month!


Monday, March 27th  Zuzu got a full day (of hogging the chair) at daycare because we had people at the house all day installing insulation and all sorts of fun stuff to help make our home more energy efficient.


All of March I'm still going to class regularly and am glad I signed up for a year or I probably would have quit back when I hurt my back. Luckily I am finally feeling back to normal and am so happy I didn't give up. (I think this snap is from February)


March 4, 2017

February Highlights 2017

Saturday, February 4th  I drank 1/3 bottle of Framboise and Brian opened something.


Sunday, February 5th It's the Super Bowl today and Brian's dad came over to watch the game and have snacks and pizza. I made my own low carb pizza and some flaxseed bars and Zuzu was a cuddle bug. 



 February 10th I had lunch over at Adrienne's house and Zuzu got to play with Charlie and came home a tired pup once again.  It's the best!


Friday, February 13 I went for a hike with Tessa and in a field near the middle of the trail there were a bunch kids randomly spaced sitting very quietly. It was creepy.


Monday, February 14th I went to my MMA fitness class for the first time in forever and my back felt pretty good! I was so happy to be back I forgot how amazing that class makes me feel. On my way home, the purple and pink sky was so ridiculously beautiful, the photo doesn't do it justice.  


Wednesday, February 15th All my Little has been wanting to do lately is make slime from glue and Borax water. The only challenge is trying to find glue, it's constantly sold out everywhere! (Target, Walmart, D&W, Meijer, ugh)  I found this glitter glue at the dollar store but it didn't work the best and was super messy but she had fun!


Thursday, February 16th Brian and I celebrated Valentine's Day by going to the Downtown Market. I don't think we've been there since we moved so it was cool to see how things have changed. We decided to have dinner at Fish Lads and my salad was surprisingly delicious. Brian loved his Gumbo too. 


Saturday, February 17 I forgot to take a picture :( but I met up with Tessa and Tiffany for some Thai food and it was a fun time with good friends (though we missed Kirsten and Susan)!

Sunday, February 18th Lots of action at the DP today!
Also, Brian and I had grand plans to finish painting his office but we spent too much time shopping and running errands and only left enough time to be lazy. :D

World Market has my favorite Haribo Candy's now!


Wednesday, February 22nd Brian received his first white stripe at BJJ today for his good attitude. (His instructor said Brian has the same expression whether he taps out or submits his opponent). The next stripes/belts are based on skill.


The damage from three straight days of BJJ.  


Friday, February 24 Charlie and Zuzu played at our house and Zuzu's spirit animal is an annoyed seal. 



Saturday, February 25th Brian and I spent the night at Mike and Sara's. We had a slightly regretful Chick-fil-A dinner and played a few games. I didn't take any pictures except these two:

On the drive over Zuzu was a very sleepy girl:

Sara and the pups:

Until next month (hopefully)!


February 17, 2017

January Highlights 2017

I am currently working on a February Highlights post and I thought I would post a January one too since I did complete part of a Happiness Diary and have a few other photos from the end of the month. :)

My last partially completed Happiness Diary: 

1) A random photo of the day
2) Something I ate that was delicious
3) A meaningful event that happened or a task I was happy to accomplish
4) Something I was grateful for or that made me happy. 

Saturday (1/21/17)

1) Photo: Ever since the skunk tail incident Zuzu has been quite attached to this toy. 
2) Mushroom brie. I know.
3) Brian and I went grocery shopping!!
4) I am grateful and proud to be a woman in the world today. 

1) Photo: My delicious smoothie with amla (gooseberry) powder. 
2) Mushroom brie but it made me feel sick so I tossed the remainder and vow to never buy it again. 
3) After work I made some healthy and delicious flax seed muffins and went to bed super super early. Look at those bags! I needed it. 
4) I am grateful for being able to chill pretty much all day today. 


1) Photo: Breakfast for the week. 
2) I cooked a roast in the pressure cooker and it was semi decent! 
3) I made Brian try out tapping for our back pain and it was very interesting. I'm all about trying weird things that might work. 
4) I am grateful I got to practice weekly maintenance in Chemistry and I didn't have to repeat any QC today! 


1) Photo:  This was supposed to be my Snapchat video from the day but it didn't save correctly so all you get is an upside down snap of me with the wrong date. :-/
2) Berry amla smoothie
3) After taking about five days off from working out I still felt nervous about going to class today but I went and it wasn't tooo painful. 
4) I am grateful for having another person to walk Zuzu with. 


1) Photo: Just a little trim!
2) NA
3) I finally got my hair cut after about four months. Zuzu and I are on the same grooming schedule so when she gets shaggy I know it's time to book us a couple of appointments. 
4) I am grateful for Advil in my bed stand table.


The day I realized I had completed a year of Happiness Diarys(!) and maybe it was time to take a break and reevaluate. 

January Highlights

January 26th    Brian's new workout toy came in the mail. Now I just need a tire to slam. 

January 27th      Zuzu always looks so sad when I pick her up from the groomers but she was thrilled to see me and smelled delightful.


January 30th     Zuzu turned two! She's a sweetie who still gets into mischief but we love her just the same.